I think we all have our annoyances as runners. You know, being told by others that we are gonna wreck our knees or being continually asked how far this marathon is. Honestly we can probably carry on for hours with the plethora of annoyances by non-runners. Lately, my biggest frustration is people's obsession on what I'm eating and when I'm eating. You would think it was on the 5'oclock news with how important it is to others.
I run and if you know me personally, you know I run quite a bit. All that running despite my stomach disease, makes me insanely hungry. For starters, you know its way better for you to eat 6 times a day and eat smaller meals. This isnt news!! Given my running and given my stomach disease, then this type of eating suites me well. The truth is, I eat every 3 hours or so. This is usually followed by, "omg you are eating again!!!" Yes, Yes I'm eating again!!! You gotta keep the tank fueled if you expect it to perform, right?? I just can't wrap my head around the importance of my eating habits to others. I am not shoveling McDonald's or Krispy Kreme down the hatch, so really its not even worthy of headline news.
At one point I was 60lbs heavier and what I was doing clearly wasn't working. As I adopted the running lifestyle and actually eating more, the weight came off rather quickly. You can't ever win though cause you are either the fatty or you are anorexic because you are dropping weight too fast. There is always going to be a comment one way or other. There are very few congratulations and very few good jobs in comparison to the negativity. So, I'm continually learning how to just ignore comments because they just don't know. Maybe its their way of asking for nutritional advice, but until they ask in the right way....TAKE A PICTURE!!! Yes, I am eating yet AGAIN!
My first steps as a baby according to my parents was actually a run. At 5yrs old my dad took me to the NYC Marathon, but truth be told I had no idea why people were running down the street. All this was foreshadowing for what was to be a life of running almost 30 years later. "If opportunity doesnt knock...build a door."
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