I understand that listening to other people talk about their workouts is possibly the most boring thing ever, but I can’t help myself.
Saturday, I went for a run at my parents’ house. I’m still doing C25K, and have been repeating days from weeks 6, 7, and 8 for the last few weeks. I can run 25 minutes at a time pretty well (used to be my former personal best!), and have run for 28 minutes a couple of times now. Saturday’s run was for 28 minutes, and I felt FANTASTIC at the end. I felt like I could have run for longer!
Monday, I read this article on Medium, in which the author decides to take up running. Here is an excerpt:
My first run was just two miles at 12 minutes per mile. That’s pretty slow. However, for a non-athlete I felt fairly good about it.
I read that.
I went back and read it again.
My Saturday run? The one in which I felt amazing? My Nike+ app said I ran 2.32 miles, and that I averaged 16:43 per mile. This is after running three times a week for nearly SIX MONTHS.
I know all people are different, but it is still immensely frustrating to read something like that, where somebody blithely picks up a hobby you’ve toiled at for weeks and blows right by you while chattering about how badly they suck at what they’re doing.
I ran my first 5k on Halloween, nearly five months after I had taken up running as a hobby. [...] I finished in 28 minutes and was super happy.
Oh hai! I finished my first 5K in FORTY-NINE MINUTES.
I then sunk deeper into despair and self-pity and googled “16 minute mile.” Lo, a wild mistake appears! I couldn’t tell if I should laugh or cry at some of the answers on this Yahoo Answers post:
“A 17 minute mile is dreadfully slow, that is like a slow walking pace. Either you are quite out of shape (and you should know when you are) or the tredmil is off (probably not) My slowest mile was 13 minutes when I was a fat 6th grader, but now I run a 8 minute average mile. Down to 6 hopefully soon. Good luck.”
DREADFULLY SLOW. 13 MINUTE MILE AS A FAT SIXTH-GRADER.
“I know this might sound cruel but my team and I had this bet that at the end of the season we would try to run a 17min. mile. Over half of us said it couldn’t be done, you just proved us wrong!!!”
THIS MIGHT SOUND CRUEL. A 17-MIN MILE COULDN’T BE DONE.
“I am almost positive that treadmill is broken
17 minute mile is like walking
or if the treadmill isn’t broken, then you are a bit out of shape”
ALMOST POSITIVE THE TREADMILL IS BROKEN.
Could they shame this poor question-asker any more? Seriously. I couldn’t make this up if I tried. There was ONE supportive commenter who encouraged the person to keep it up and possibly take up C25K as a training method, but nearly every other comment was super incredulous and/or outright shaming of the question-asker.
A while ago, I tweeted this:
Saw a running shirt that says "DAMN FAST." Tempted to get it and wear it ironically because I'm the slowest runner to ever run.
— Meggan (@meggan) June 4, 2013
…and got several responses that said I should go for it.
That’s how to support someone who is a slow runner!
I have my second 5K coming up on Saturday. I know I won’t finish in 28 minutes like our post author above, but that’s okay. I’m only concerned with my goal, which is to run for a bit longer than halfway, and/or improve my time a bit.
Not everybody can run eight, six, or five minute miles. Some of us take two or three times that, but least we’re still out there running.
I’m a slow runner, and that’s okay.
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