As runners, we often hear criticism. From loved ones, from runners, from non runners, twitter, blog comments, you get the idea. Lately, I have heard a fair amount that has me wondering…even though others’ opinions shouldn’t matter.
When I started this blog 3ish(?) years ago, it was to track my goal of racing the states, finding cool bling, and keep up with my running and life in general. I am a competitive, Type A person. I make no bones about that. So obviously, getting faster is high on my list too. I know accomplishing all of these things won’t happen at once but I like having a plan to try and work towards all of it. I’ve read plenty of other blogs to know that it can be done too.
Over the past few months, I’ve heard the same two statements about my running way more than I am used to hearing and I’m not really sure why.
1. You race too much.
I know I run a lot of races. That is obviously going to happen when there are 50 states to run. If I only did 2-3 races a year this goal would take a lifetime. So,sometimes I may run them back to back weekends. Sometimes I may take 2 months off. Sometimes I may run one every other month. It really just depends on which races I need/want to do. Either way, this is MY choice. I am disciplined and experienced enough to actually run these races as training runs and not actually race them. MS Blues was a great example of this. I had 13 miles on my schedule. Run the first 9 at easy pace (which is 8:15-9:00) and the last 4 at MGP (currently at 8:18). I finished that race exactly on target. 1:52.
I would much rather run 13.1 with a group of people in a race, check off a state and score some bling than run 13 miles training alone in Atlanta. I love that Jess is okay with this and works this into my plan. I trust her completely with my training.
2. You run too much/do too much.
No, I don’t. I’m currently where I’ve always been mileage wise. 25-30ish miles a week. I’m running 4-5 days a week. I strength train, take pilates and yoga. It’s a nice balance. I also get regular massages and see a chiropractor. I feel good about my training plan. If I (or Jess or my chiro) thought I was doing too much, I would definitely adjust.
3. All you do is run. Don’t you have a life?
Hmm. Really? Yes, this is my life and it’s my choice as to how I spend my time. I love running. I love working out. I love traveling. I also love that I can combine all of these things into one. I am at a point in my life where I can do these things. If/when I ever have kids, I know that I won’t have the time that I currently have to spend on myself. I may as well take advantage and see as much of this country and world while I can. Yes, I spend a lot of time running. BUT I balance it. I spend plenty of time cooking, reading, going out, and seeing my friends and family.
I really try and not take offense to any of these comments (and few have been from blogger friends) but I find them interesting. I’m curious if you’ve been in a similar situation.
What’s been your biggest running criticism? How did you handle it? Do you ignore the negative judgement or does it bother you? Is there one person whose opinion really does matter to you?