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5 Really Dumb Things People Still Say To Runners

Just Smile And Nod Your Head When You Hear These…

Running’s your thing, right? You get out there and do it for your own enjoyment.

You know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay with you.

But some days those folks who don’t run find out you’re a runner and end up saying some pretty silly things to you.

(We’re not talking about the non-runners who hold up awesome running signs at races or who do some hilarious tongue-in-cheeck heckling of runners at races.)

The folks who say the dumb things are probably just trying to make conversation, but still…sometimes…we just…

See if you’ve heard any of these lately:

5 Really Dumb Things Runners Hear A Lot

1. You don’t look like a runner.
Gee, thanks. Yes, I know I don’t look like a gazelle. Not everyone is an elite. Being mainly skinny with muscular quads and calves is not a requirement to be part of this club, you know. We come in all shapes and sizes!

2. Did you win?
Why yes — I won a banana, a finisher’s medal, all-you-can-eat bagels, the satisfaction of completing the distance and great company with lots of people high on endorphins.

3. You’re lucky you’re so athletically blessed.
This is right up there with you’re so lucky you’re naturally fit/skinny/healthy. No — it’s because I get out there, bust my butt and train!

4. Don’t you get bored?
No way. I delight in putting one foot in front of the other monotonously for miles and miles. (Especially on the treadmill!) Yes, sometimes it’s boring. But if you give it a chance, you’ll find what’s so amazing about it.

5. Running is bad for your knees.
You know who you don’t hear saying this much? People who actually run. Just so you know — running actually strengthens the knees, according to the most recent research. Conversely, sitting around is bad for all of your joints…and your heart…and your arteries…and your lungs…and your mental health….

(Thanks, RunHaven article.)

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