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Fittingly Mad: Runners Who Pooh-Pooh Walkers

A few times a month, I run with a running group near me. For the most part, everyone is really supportive and there just to meet fellow fit people, learn some tips, and get in a good run. Recently though I overheard some runners badmouthing walkers. As they jogged passed them, one of the runners smirked under their breath, "Walking is for people who don't have the guts to run," and their two pals giggled. I was shocked. What gives that guy the right to pass judgment on someone else? It's like speedism — discriminating against someone because of how fast they move. It really made me angry since I feel all active people should encourage each other. All exercise should be applauded, and I wanted to breeze right by them and yell, "If you're too busy worrying about what other people are doing, then you're obviously not working hard enough yourself!" But I didn't want to perpetuate that kind of negativity. Tell me, have you ever experienced runners who pooh-pooh walkers?

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EllePixie EllePixie 7 years
I won't lie, I get really annoyed when I go to my apartment gym to do my running intervals and both of the treadmills are taken up with people walking. Obviously, I need the timer on the machine to do intervals and they can easily walk outside if they're only going to 3.5mph. It's kind of rude, but that's how I feel.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Eh, to each her own. I really don't think anyone should be concerned with what others do to keep in shape. (Unless you want to use someone else's exercise routine to inspire your own or something.) I also don't think walkers are jealous of runners. To me, the comments on this thread simply display the fact that people are annoyed with those who are overly concerned with what others do. Yeah, other people might inconvenience you sometimes. That's life. I personally use the elliptical most of the time because I have really bad knee problems (and, according to three different doctors, if I run too much, I'll have to go through several more rounds of painful physical therapy and probably surgery). When I do use the treadmill, I usually just hop on whichever one is most convenient. The ones with better shock absorption are better for my knees. I typically cool down on the treadmill, so sometimes I do walk. I do intervals on there sometimes, too.
raquellabella raquellabella 7 years
Oh yeah, and I started running on the treadmill, which I also got a lot of flack for!
raquellabella raquellabella 7 years
I'm pretty in shape, but I've never been a great runner. After doing other forms of exercise for a while, I've started running, and I feel great just pushing out a few miles at my own pace without stopping. However, this isn't good enough for some people -- even my friends -- who grill me on how many miles I ran and where I ran and if my run was fast enough (even my bf, who doesn't run at all!). I usually answer them with something vague -- "a few miles" -- then add, "I run by myself, for myself!" That has become my running mantra, and so far it's serving me well.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
The ONLY thing that annoys me about walkers is when they walk more than two abreast in races. I'm already running 26.2 -- I shouldn't have to cut around 10 people next to each other. the Baltimore Marathon made it a rule last year that runners couldn't be more than 2 abreast.other than that, to each her own ! and if you REALLY wanted to be an elitist running snob, you'd never go near a treadmill ;)
runningesq runningesq 7 years
The ONLY thing that annoys me about walkers is when they walk more than two abreast in races. I'm already running 26.2 -- I shouldn't have to cut around 10 people next to each other. the Baltimore Marathon made it a rule last year that runners couldn't be more than 2 abreast. other than that, to each her own ! and if you REALLY wanted to be an elitist running snob, you'd never go near a treadmill ;)
icantdrive49 icantdrive49 7 years
I have to admit, that running makes me feel kind of elite, but I would never look down anyone who doesnt run. I mean I wasent born a runner and know what it feels like to have to build your way up, to make someone feel bad for trying to be healthy is just wrong.
margokhal margokhal 7 years
Hey gumdrops, I'm doing the C25K too! Congrats! Personally, I don't have the money to pay for a gym membership right now...I'm about to move, and I'm in a southern state where it's been pretty hot [almost unbearably!], so I've been doing the run/walks outside on my neighborhood streets. Don't worry about people judging you - everybody needs to mind their own business. It's your life, your body, and you're doing what you're doing for your own reasons. [I also have to endure the "look at that fat girl trying to run"! looks and comments] Be proud of what you've accomplished! Look at what we can get our bodies to do! :D
margokhal margokhal 7 years
Hey gumdrops, I'm doing the C25K too! Congrats! Personally, I don't have the money to pay for a gym membership right now...I'm about to move, and I'm in a southern state where it's been pretty hot [almost unbearably!], so I've been doing the run/walks outside on my neighborhood streets. Don't worry about people judging you - everybody needs to mind their own business. It's your life, your body, and you're doing what you're doing for your own reasons. [I also have to endure the "look at that fat girl trying to run"! looks and comments] Be proud of what you've accomplished! Look at what we can get our bodies to do! :D
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
you should be proud of yourself, gumdrops--I ran my first 5K last weekend and it was so much fun. I wouldn't have gotten to where I was if it wasn't for training the way you did. You shouldn't worry. Most people aren't worrying about what your'e doing and frankly, if they are, it is obviously a symptom of their own issues. Besides, if those people were so amazing they'd be out training for the olympics or some ish anyway.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 7 years
I just felt afraid of this a couple hours ago in my apartment's gym. It's very small, and there was 1 guy in there with me, lifting weights. I felt embarrassed because I'm doing the Couch to 5K program, and I'm alternating jogging and walking. I'm always afraid that someone is judging me when I'm doing my "walking" portion of the exercise. Like, I'm not strong or fast enough to run the whole way, look at how weak that girl is. It makes it hard for me to be proud of the exercise that I'm actually doing.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 7 years
There are more important things in life than getting annoyed at somebody who is walking. Geez. Maybe today, I'll roll my eyes at someone who is breathing wrong. Or standing in my way while I'm walking down the sidewalk. People need to stop being so entitled.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 7 years
There are more important things in life than getting annoyed at somebody who is walking. Geez. Maybe today, I'll roll my eyes at someone who is breathing wrong. Or standing in my way while I'm walking down the sidewalk. People need to stop being so entitled.
divinedebris divinedebris 7 years
I run, but not often because the jarring movements hurt my joints. I love to walk though, I'll walk all day long it's fantastic. I'm guilty of many superiority problems at the gym and in everyday life, but as long as you're out and moving, good on you. I do hate walkers on a treadmill who just mosey along on the treadmill with no incline/resistance and at a slow speed.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I don't get it. Maybe I'm not a hater since I"m so new to running but I'm not interested in anyone's workout other than my own, and sometimes even that is a struggle! I never knew there was a priority issue about the best treadmills, by the way. Aren't gyms first-come first-serve anyway? I bet a lot of people aren't even aware that they're 'stealing' the good treadmills away from other people. But moreover, you should put the onus on your gym (I bet they have a suggestion box)to give you better treadmills, not to the members who pay just as much as you do to get out of your way.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I don't get it. Maybe I'm not a hater since I"m so new to running but I'm not interested in anyone's workout other than my own, and sometimes even that is a struggle! I never knew there was a priority issue about the best treadmills, by the way. Aren't gyms first-come first-serve anyway? I bet a lot of people aren't even aware that they're 'stealing' the good treadmills away from other people. But moreover, you should put the onus on your gym (I bet they have a suggestion box)to give you better treadmills, not to the members who pay just as much as you do to get out of your way.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
spacekatgal: "Maybe if you have so much energy to be jealous, you should direct it towards improving your own workout" You know, not all of us are runners or athletes. But at least walking and dong something is better than nothing. Live and let live
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
spacekatgal: "Maybe if you have so much energy to be jealous, you should direct it towards improving your own workout" You know, not all of us are runners or athletes. But at least walking and dong <i>something</i> is better than nothing. <b>Live and let live</b>
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 7 years
I'm a walker. I usually walk anywhere from 4-6 miles a day. In the winter I walk on a treadmill at my gym. SpaceKatGirl, your comment of: " Your decision to use this equipment is, of course, up to you. But, from my perspective, it's a selfish one." Is spot on. It IS a selfish decision, in fact it's MY selfish decision. When I first started walking, I HAD to use the best, most heavy duty shock absorbing treadmill in the gym, because I weighed 363 lbs, and the smaller treadmills had a weight limit of 300. It too was dangerous for me as the belts would pull and hesitate on smaller machines. Being selfish for myself allowed me to lose 130 pounds so far. So, if you're so irritated with not getting the machine you want... tough, everyone has a right to them. Get their earlier or later. That's the great thing about a gym, there are flexible hourse and many ways to get your workout in.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 7 years
I'm a walker. I usually walk anywhere from 4-6 miles a day. In the winter I walk on a treadmill at my gym.SpaceKatGirl, your comment of: " Your decision to use this equipment is, of course, up to you. But, from my perspective, it's a selfish one." Is spot on. It IS a selfish decision, in fact it's MY selfish decision. When I first started walking, I HAD to use the best, most heavy duty shock absorbing treadmill in the gym, because I weighed 363 lbs, and the smaller treadmills had a weight limit of 300. It too was dangerous for me as the belts would pull and hesitate on smaller machines. Being selfish for myself allowed me to lose 130 pounds so far. So, if you're so irritated with not getting the machine you want... tough, everyone has a right to them. Get their earlier or later. That's the great thing about a gym, there are flexible hourse and many ways to get your workout in.
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