My gorgeous husband has introduced me to many things throughout the eight years (!!!!!) we’ve been together. For example, one cupcake is NEVER enough. 2 people = 4 cupcakes.
Another, some men DO clean bathrooms. And my personal favorite, all of his acronyms and colloquialisms. I had never heard of some of these and they always make me laugh right out loud.
One of my favorites? I.K.E. = I Know Everything. Guess where that came from?
Runners, like Marines, are a special kind of people. Marines get the job done. Runners do the same.
By and large, runners are a supportive group of people. What really gets to me are the Runner I.K.E.s. Not the runners who are health professionals or coaches. I’m talking about the runners whose profession is neither running nor related to the physiology of the human body.
One of my friends was berated by Runner I.K.E. and told that she is “out of shape because she’s sore after a half marathon that she didn’t PR in.”
I am not a fan of runners judging other runners.
- Are you a fitness/medical professional?
- Are you his/her coach?
- Did they ask for your opinion?
If the answer to even one of these is “NO” then keep your thoughts to yourself! Who, after someone tells you they ran a half-marathon yesterday, says ANYTHING except “That’s awesome!”? Ummm…no one.
Let me lay a little science on you. Soreness happens because of a variety of physiological reasons. Diet, training, course, lactic threshold, speed, exertion levels during the race, recovery practices, and a whole host of other factors feed into why someone is sore after a race, PR or not.
You know what soreness tells me? That runner worked hard.
So next time you feel the urge to critique another runner’s performance, DON’T. Tell them they are Wonder Woman/Superman and give ’em a high five.
Be nice. Don’t be Runner I.K.E.
Now go out and run!