So, I ran in the Soaring Eagle Boy Scout Half Marathon a little over a week ago. I am still having some knee pain from that race. Obviously it is because I wasn’t well trained and because I limped for 9 miles. I have been playing Dr. Google lately and I think that I have runner’s knee. And the only thing I can do to help it along is wait. I guess time does heal all wounds, including runner’s knee.
I am taking it easy now, but I am itching to sign up for the 46.5th Annual Churchill’s Half Marathon in November. The course will be absolutely gorgeous in the beginning of November with the fall colors on full display, I really don’t want to miss this race. But, I need to rest my knee. But, I need to train. Ah…I guess I wait out the injury I caused and see if there is time to train.
As long as I am on the topic of running, I seriously had my slow running feelings hurt at my half a week ago. Those of you who read often know I have asthma, a moderate heart condition and I’ve had 5 knee surgeries. I am obviously not meant for running, my body is built for couching. Due to my under-training for the race, the humidity and my ailments, I walked about 1/4 of the first mile. As I was speed-walking along I heard a group running up behind me bashing those who were walking already.
These runners didn’t know anything about me and they also thought that I was jamming to my music and wouldn’t hear them. They made comments like:
“People shouldn’t run this distance if they can’t even make it a mile.”
“She’s not even walking very fast.”
“Why enter a race you can’t run.”
These kinds of comments still really make me angry. I have never claimed to be a fast runner. I have never claimed to be anything besides a slow runner. I am proud of being slow. Why? Because I could just be couching it instead of slowly running. Isn’t running slowly better than not running (or exercising) at all? Why would you poke fun at the people who don’t run as well as you do? Just because I have trouble running a full mile doesn’t mean I can’t make it all 13.1 of this race. Hell, I even ran a marathon last year (slowly)!
I think people need to take a step back and realize that not everyone was built with thighs that don’t touch, rock hard butts and 6 pack abs. Some of us struggle so much with food and body image every day that even getting out and running while our body jiggles is such an amazing accomplishment. For some of us, only having 1 cookie instead of 7 is a huge accomplishment. We all have different goals and different directions in life. For some, it is to walk/run races. For some, I guess it is to poke fun at those who cannot do what they do.
I hope that the ‘fast’ runners out there realize that just because we don’t run as fast as you doesn’t mean we aren’t trying just as hard.