Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Deciphering the runners hierarchy
I'm not a runner. I have no desire to be a runner. Therefore, I don't have the mentality of a runner. People who do it, seem to love it and you can tell they cherish that time...when they do it. I see a trend among people I know who say running as their main source of exercise and maybe this is normal in running circles. In the winter, I hear "it's too cold to go for my run today." I get it. No one wants to run in the cold but I see plenty of people doing it. Now, I'm seeing people saying "it's too hot to run." I get that too, I don't enjoy being outside whatsoever in any weather over 85 degrees. It has nothing to do with weight, I just don't like it. But then I see people run indoors or at the gym or early in the morning before the heat of the day kicks in. So if it's too cold to run for say 2-3 months of the year and then too hot to run say 2 months if you add together all of the days that are too hot to run by the end of the summer, I'm seeing people who are copping to not doing anything during those times and that's 4-5 months of inactivity.
I am certainly NOT advocating frostbite or heat stroke but is it against some inner circle law for a runner to do something other than running? Isn't that what they refer to as "cross-training?" I'm not saying this to be an ass because I just want to understand. I have lost my weight by doing at home exercise. I exercise when it's 100 degrees or -10 degrees in the same basement filled with pictures, motivational sayings, collages of other exercises I can incorporate and the like. For us, it's an excuse free way of living (from people who used to give a lot of excuses back in the day) because my ability to exercise has nothing to do with the weather. So that's why I don't understand why some runners have an all or nothing mentality and then complain they're not losing weight.
Again, I'm not saying this to alienate runners or to imply runners are half-assing it because I see PLENTY of people who give their all. I guess I just want to understand if this is like a universal thing that if the weather isn't cooperating that it's okay to skip or is there a hierarchy of runners where people who exercise rain or shine, heat or cold whether outside or inside consider themselves "true" runners where others are more, for lack of a better term, "hobby" runners?
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