Please welcome Jina, who is one of my favorite bloggers!! She’s hilarious and refreshing and I always look forward to reading her posts!! Enjoy!
Hi, Happy Healthy Runner readers! I’m Jina, and I blog at Behold the Turtle. I’m a slow runner, as you might have guessed from the title of my blog. I’ve accepted my slowness … for now. Eventually, I want to be super fast like Rachael. (she’s very flattering as well )
Not super fast (or even remotely fast)… yet
I’ve been running for a little more than a year. In that time, I’ve ran six 5Ks, one 10K and two half marathons. And, I’m signed up for six more half marathons (the half marathon distance is my jam).
As soon as I mention that I run, it seems like everyone has a question or comment … some are idiotic or just plain mean. I respond nicely, but sometimes I really don’t want to. I really want to use the not-so-nice response I came up with in my head. But, maybe an educated, appropriate response could encourage someone else to run and love it as much as I do. That’s worth it, right?
So, I came up with a list of the frequently asked questions, what I want to say, and what I say. Maybe it can help you if you’re faced with the same questions … or maybe it will just make you think the not-so-nice responses in your head.
Question: Isn’t running bad for your bones?
What I want to say: I’m sure sitting on the couch does great things for your bones.
What I say: Actually, it’s not. You’re not alone in thinking that, but studies show running actually promotes higher bone density and can help prevent arthritis and other serious bone and joint problems, like osteoporosis.
Question: You pay someone to run a race?
What I want to say: Duh!
What I say: Yes, money goes to charities, as well as helping put on the race. It takes a lot of work and money to put on a race (think of the logistics, road closures, police presence, timing chips, bibs, start, finish, refreshments). There is a lot of volunteer work to put on a race, but some things cost money and some or the entire race fee goes to charity. Just as people playing team sports pay for facilities, officials and organization, runners do the same thing.
Question: You ran 13.1 miles?
What I want to say: Jerk! Yes, even someone like me can run that far.
What I say: I sure did! You see all shapes, sizes and ages running. With the right training, anyone can run a half marathon.
Shockingly, I ran 13.1 miles!
Question: You run … for fun?
What I want to say: Duh! Why else would I be doing it?
What I say: Yes! I enjoy it. It’s a great workout, and it’s a way to challenge myself. Just like other people enjoying playing sports, I enjoy running.
Question: Isn’t running bad for your knees?
What I want to say: Gah! Why must people turn a healthy activity into a negative one?
What I say: Not necessarily. If you’re healthy with no knee issues, running isn’t bad for your knees. It can actually help them … if you approach running in a smart way (gradually increasing your distance, wearing the correct shoes). Repetitive weight bearing and motion are good for the joints, and running essentially does that.