Thursday, January 17, 2013

Oh... You're One of Those People?

Last night, I was sitting with a group of cheer parents at a basketball game. Ella was on my lap, and we were just chit chatting about life. We were discussing the upcoming long weekend (MLK DAY - woot woot!) and our plans. As I started to discuss my plans to complete a 7  mile run on Sunday and another 4 on Monday, I was met with a few blank stares. The comment that followed has been stuck in my mind ever since...
"Oh... you're one of THOSE people?"

For the record, I was polite & responded with a chuckle. Inside, I was fuming.

Yes, I am one of THOSE people. I work hard to keep myself healthy. I take a few hours out of my week and spend them running.  I don't drive thru McDonald's on a regular basis. I don't guzzle soda. I'm taking ownership of my life. Is there something wrong with that? No.

I have worked extremely hard over the past seven years. I am not perfect, but I try. When I fall off the horse, I get back on. Life's a journey & I'm making the most of mine.


Rant over. I just had to share. I'm hoping that if you're reading, maybe you're one of those people too. 

4 comments:

  1. That is really unfortunate - I've been reading your blog for a couple of weeks and you seem to do a solid job of trying to balance work, family, life and health. I know I couldn't have managed so much when my boys were that little ...

    I have just completed a 65-day 'running streak' and did over 2000 miles since April. People that work with my wife and see me running call me 'Forrest' (as in Gump) and 'hardcore' ... but never in a negative way.

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    1. Thank you so much Mike. I really do try so hard to be a role model for my family. I think the comment hit me harder than when people used to judge me for being fat. At least I expected that!

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  2. I am one of those people :-) So sorry you were met with such negativity! They probably wish they could be more like you, just don't know how to respond appropriately!

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  3. I HATE that! "You're running a marathon? You must be crazy. Why would you want to do that?" If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all :)

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