So does anyone else think dailymile gets just a little over excited sometimes?
Um, no. Try again. There is no planet on which 28 miles during a marathon cycle counts as ":D Epic!!1!"
Seriously, dm. Chill.
Also filed under "things that bug me on the internet," today I read yet another angst-ridden article on What it Means to Be a Runner. In it, the author reassures runners everywhere that their R-card is not about to be revoked because they didn't help crash the internet sometime in the last few weeks by attempting to sign up for a fall marathon.
"You're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you," he wrote earnestly (*not a direct quote), "even if you AREN'T signed up for a fall marathon. You are a perfect little snowflake, just the way you are."
The article concluded with bold, rebellious-sounding quotes from Internet People expounding on how they don't care WHAT their Facebook friends/Twitter feed/blogosphere thinks about that the fact that they're not running a marathon next month, next year, or EVER, they are still RUNNERS, *REAL* runners, goddammit, so everybody can just STFU about marathons. BITCHES.
I finished it kind of blinking into space going, "oh....kay."
This article came on the heels of another one where the author earnestly reassures us that we're still *real* runners even if we don't run like 80 miles a week ("and don't you dare let all the a-holes out there tell you any different!!!"), another a few weeks before that promising me that I'm a *real* runner even if I don't obsessively track my mileage, pace, VO2 max, & resting heart rate using a high-end statistics package ("You have nothing to be ashamed of!!"), and another a few months before that about how I am TOTES a real runner even if all I do is jog a couple miles around my block a few times a week in sweat pants.
Jesus Christ. There is apparently more angst & self-image ish in the internet running world than at a parochial high school. I'm getting anxious just reading about it.
First thing: Breathe, sunshine. It's all gonna be okay.
Second thing: Stop labeling yourself. Get over the phrase "real runner" & accept that, like all the best labels, the only power it has over you is the power you give it. You get to opt out of "real/serious runner vs not a real/serious runner" the same way you get to opt out of any other dichotomy you don't find useful. You probably run for certain reasons that are valuable and meaningful for you, & that's all that actually matters.
Third thing: The runners doth protest too much. People who feel just fine about being a *real* runner & are honestly not concerned with what other people think don't go around broadcasting it to everyone all the time. Run a marathon. Don't run a marathon. Run a billion miles a week. Don't run a billion miles a week. Whatever. You don't owe anyone an explanation, & the overwhelming majority of us don't want to hear it anyway.
Fourth thing: How much do you want to bet there are people out there who were feeling just fine about their choice not to run marathons / x number of miles / track mileage / whatever until they read an article that was all like, "No, really, you are *totally* a real runner, even if you NEVER do x. Really. Really. It's juuuuust fine, pumpkin. It's fine." (I can't remember what it's called right now, but this is a real thing from psychology or sociology or something. Talking about a social expectation, even to condemn it, tends to cause people to go "Oh geez, I better do x...")
Fifth thing: If all your facebook friends & all your blogger friends & all your twitter friends are making you feel anxious or guilty or inadequate or making you question whether you run enough races / miles / marathons / whatever, STEP AWAY FROM THE INTERNET and handle your shit. That's about you, not them. You are a grown-up and this is a solvable problem.
So can we maybe just stop it with all the pontificating & hand-wringing? Geez.
Grand Total: 28.3 miles
- * 15 easy
* 13.3 race
Monday 3/18: Karate.
Tuesday 3/19: 9.5 easy. Technically this was supposed to be a big-ass 10-12 mile track workout (!?!), but given that I hadn't run at all since my 4 hilly miles in Colorado the week before, I figured a medium-length easy run was probably a better choice. The bad news was that towards the end of this run my left calf got a nasty charlie horse out of nowhere, which was the beginning of my downward spiral of fretting & worrying about Oakland.
- Lunch time - I went to yoga instead of Pilates because I thought my sore calf would handle it better, but it still wasn't what I would call comfortable. You know something is sore when *yoga* is almost too much for it. If you've never done one-legged yoga, it's kind of an experience.
- Evening - Karate + easy strength work. Had to sit part of it out because of the calf.
- Lunch time - Strength work. In retrospect, this was probably a bad choice. I woke up with my legs feeling worn out & tired, & my left calf still dubious as far as putting weight on it. I cut several sets short because I could tell my legs were exhausted (???), and still paid for it on Friday.
- Evening -
7 easy4 easy. Whiney legs were whiney & grumpy calf was grumpy. They were basically like, "Look, you can run 7 miles tonight or you can race Sunday but you can't do both."
Friday 3/22: Rest, as scheduled. I woke up feeling like I'd run a marathon last weekend. I haven't been that sore since CIM. What the hell was in that strength work???
2 miles easy Nope. Not risking it. Rest, rest, rest. (And also go to stupid annoying expo. Phhhbbbbbtttt.)
Sunday 3/24: 1.5 warm up + 13.3 race. After which (of course) I felt amazing, and all was forgiven & forgotten. :)
- Are you a "real" / "serious" runner? Be honest. I will know if you lie.
- What are the qualifications for being a "real" runner? Triple-digit weeks, seven marathons a year, & posting pithy inspirational quotes weekly, obvs, but other than that?
- What on the internet makes you want to punch someone in the neck? It can be running-related or not. And you can't say "this blog post."