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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 8 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 8 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 8 years
Oh yeah, and I started running on the treadmill, which I also got a lot of flack for!
raquellabella raquellabella 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 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.
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
Um, I've never heard of this before, but wow. People are gross. At least walkers are out enjoying themselves, getting good, solid exercise instead of sitting on the couch with a bag of Doritos.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
WOW, this is getting heated - So of course I have to add my 2 cents. I'm an avid exerciser with terrible knees. I've been missing half the cartilidge in my right knee since I was in 6th grade from sports. Anyways, I walk a LOT at the gym - as part of my 5 or 6 day regimen, I'm on the treadmil about 3 times a week. I'm going to start by saying that I go to the gym at 5:30 in the morning, so I'm not too concerned about which treadmill I select - there is no one there, I also know that my bad knees feel better on the better shock absorbers even with walking. Plus I'm sustaining a 145-160 heart rate minimum the entire time so I'm not exactly walking at a leisurely pace. But I do understand spacekatgal's comment. With my bad knees I have to use the really good Precor ellipticals, I can't use the ones where the handles are attached to the pedals, I require a crossramp - so when people are just tooling around on the really good machines, I do get frustrated. Luckily, at 530am, there aren't too many people on the ellipticals either, but when I worked out in the evening, it was madness. I too have felt the pressure to start running. I've tried in the past & even more recently, and not only do I end up with achy knees, but my heart rate is scarily high during those runs. Is it possible to be over 100% capacity, cause that's where I'm at. I don't know why, I have a friend who is a runner that's in the same boat, but I start breathing way too rapidly, and my knees hurt, so it's not worth it to me. As long as I can get in my cardio & keep up my heart rate, I'll do whatever at the gym. I mix up walking, biking & elliptical work. I know I'm doing my heart good by being there and working hard every day. I don't think I'm being talked about, the AM people at my gym seem to be super supportive of everyone that works out, I like that atmosphere!
LittlexLady LittlexLady 8 years
Newbie here! Anyway, I am a runner, and I honestly don't look down on walkers. I started out walking, and I understand that some people cannot or prefer not to run. With the unhealthy habits many Americans have I am just happy to see people being active, regardless of the activity. That being said, I'm going to defend some runners comments. First of all, the treadmill issue runners have isn't one of superiority, it's one of courtesy. I agree with notinthemood on this one. As a walker, why get on the larger treadmill that is clearly better at handling heavy use when there is a smaller one that is equally suited to your needs? You may be able to walk on both a small and a large treadmill, but a runner cannot properly run on both. So from a runner's perspective this just seems selfish. I am NOT saying all walkers do this, but the few that do are really irritating. Also, to the disgruntled walker that responded saying that they're just going to wear their ipods, take the larger treadmill, and basically be obnoxious on purpose because of some runners' comments I say quit being so dramatic. The runners making comments about the few things walkers do that irritate them were not by any means saying that ALL walkers do this. The runners were simply showing that while some runners are guilty of negativity towards walkers, it goes both ways at times. Neither group is perfect. CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG! :)...rant over.
sham28 sham28 8 years
Frankly I think that annoying, inconsiderate people are the majority no matter where you are. I had to learn to block out the irritation to save my blood pressure.
heyxu heyxu 8 years
You mean like tip 8 below: ----- jen1975 - I'm glad you brought this up. Total contradiction to what you're saying Fit!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
This is why I no longer compete in races. I have yet to meet a runner who isn't condescending to anyone who runs slower than them and who doesn't have an ego. This goes for both genders. It's extremely discouraging for those of us who want to be good runners. I hate being around judgmental people like that so I just completely swore of 5k's. (And they're getting pretty darn $$)
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