The moment someone ask what your training for and then the look of surprise when you tell them Chicago marathon.
Then the next question is usually, “Is this your first marathon?”
Then a further look of surprise when you tell them this will be your 5th.
I still haven’t decided weather I take their look of surprise as a compliment or an insult. Either way, I do see it. I really can’t hold it against them when as I’ve said before , I don’t have “the traditional runners body.” What ever the Heck that is.
Then usually they ask how long it takes?
I’ve never really understood why non runners ask this question, because then it is usually followed with, “Is that a good time?”
My answer is usually, ” For me it is.”
Then the final question that grated on my nerves even before I made the concious decision to do walk/run approach, “Do you walk?”
I have found these questions are only asked by non runners. A runner may ask your finish time or pace, but a runner has never asked if I walk.
Here is the Rub…….
Does it matter?
Is 26.2 miles in 5 hours, still not 26.2 miles?
And even though I’m wondering if I will sneak in this time right under the 6.5 hour cut-off, won’t I still be going 26.2 miles???
Some runners may push themselves to finish a marathon in a Boston Qualifying time. While some runners may be pushing themselves just as hard and coming in just under the wire. You don’t know what someone is dealing with. You don’t know how hard someone is pushing. We are each pushing ourselves just to get out the door and to the start line.
So this is my pet peeve today. Please don’t assume just because my pace is slower than those at the front of the Pack that I am working any less than them.
But as I said before, most of this comes from people who think I’m crazy anyway:)
We are all just doing the best we can on any given day.
What more can we ask for?
So keep doing what your doing, because you are doing it for yourself and no one else anyway.
Oh, and I admit that I do like a little bling.
So I might also be doing it for the bling:)