Distance snobsPosted: January 27, 2012
Have you ever met someone who loves the fact that they are long distance runners? That guy or girl who has the smug satisfaction on their face when they talk about all the half marathons and full marathons that they have ran? Without asking, they give you all the details of their last long run, right down to the last painful detail. They love to show off their scars and display their worn out running shoes. They are overly proud and braggadocios. These people are what we like to call, distance snobs.
I love telling people about my marathon experiences. I hope to encourage people to make the decision to do it for themselves and how it’s a life changing event. It’s fun to talk about but sometimes I have to fight the resistance to get in to all the details of how I sacrificed or how I did more than you and how I trained harder than you. It’s hard not to be prideful.
There is nothing wrong with sharing your accomplishments, especially when it comes to running marathons and halves. It takes a lot of dedication and you should be proud that you made the commitment. But most people don’t want to hear about it all the time, every minute and every hour. In fact, it can be quite discouraging. Don’t let the distance snob discourage you by making you feel like you’re not good enough.
The thing that separates distance snobs from other runner’s is the fact that they look down on people who run shorter distances.
For some runner’s, mainly beginners, the 5K and the 10K are big goals. Put yourself in their shoes. They may have never exercised. They may have never run more than half a mile. They may have looked at themselves in the mirror one day and decided that it was time for a change. Just finishing a 5K would be a huge win for them.
We all start running at some point. We have all taken that first step. I have met very few people who have bypassed the shorter races and gone straight to the marathon. These people are rare.
Distance snobs are bad for the sport. Runner’s need to encourage one another, despite the distance they run. We are a community and we should rely on each other to meet our goals.
Have you ever met a distance snob?