What did he just call me?
I do not know what to make of this.
I go running every evening. I'm training for a half marathon and have been running for years.
I started out as a pretty serious runner. I wasn't qualifying for Boston anytime soon. I was doing all right for myself my half PR was two hours and six minutes and some change.
Every day I posted to the Runners World forums. Everything was about running. All I watched was running movies. I've seen Running the Sahara and The Spirit of The Marathon countless times.
I trained hard and took running very seriously. I was one of those runners who cared too much about pace. I did intervals, tempo runs, and fartlek runs weekly I was focusing so hard on time improvement.
Plantar Fasciitis affected my training. Followed by a bad hamstring pull. With so much down time and weight gain I never got back to where I was before. I developed hip bursitis and combined with a bad back, running was for the time being off-limits.
Things were never the same for me again after that; I still have back and hip problems. Running does not make it worse thankfully. I've worked hard to get to where I am today, struggling at one point to make a sub 17-minute mile.
Galloway running became my lifeline. I could run and prevent injury. Walk breaks prevent injuries. The problem is I didn't fully understand why my times were not improving. I was slower but wasn't getting injured as much anymore. My times were embarrassing.
Then I discovered when at the 2017 Tinker Bell Expo while talking with a pacer that I was running for too long and not talking enough walk breaks. For my pace its run for 30 seconds and walk for 30 seconds; you're still covering more distance running than walking.
I started with the three-hour pace group for the Tinkerbell Half and lost them. I tried to catch up, and I spent 2 1/2 miles chasing them. Eventually, they disappeared. I was on the brink of tears for a few miles but caught up with them eventually, and surprisingly there was one runner left. Those walk breaks were hard. They walk fast. Thinking if I could catch up with them maybe, I could break three hours. I told them that, and they encouraged me to do it so took off.
I did it. Breaking three hours was a huge milestone.
It took me about six years to get there. There's no way to describe to you the amount of agony and how much hard work I've done. If you have health issues or at you suffer from chronic pain, you can relate.
Today while leaving for a run my neighbor that I never met before stops me, he has his bicycle out and is wearing his gear. He says, "I see you walking every day that's amazing; you keep going that's, great." I had my own Ralphie (A Christmas Story) moment I sputtered, "I use the Galloway method." I can't even sputter I am a runner. He’s like yeah that’s ok too. His face and tone said it all. He thought I was slow.
Why does he think I am a walker? The more I think about it, the more frustrating it gets. If he passes me that much, he would see me run? He would hear my Garmin. Would he hear the alerts? He would see me running at some point. So basically this guy is saying I'm not a runner or that I am slow. Or both.
If you're one of these people, who have opinions on pace listen. A jogger is a runner. Jogging is running. You do not have to be fast to be a runner.
Walking and running are two distinctly different sports. If you're participating in races with time limits you have to work your butt off to walk that fast. I think it's harder to walk that far especially power walk than it is to run.
Please don't call me a walker. I'm not walking. I'm running, and just because, I take walk breaks it doesn't mean I'm not a runner.
Either he's judging me because I wasn't going fast enough or he saw me walking and assumes I'm not a real runner.
Let’s say we do a 10K and I finish in an hour and 20 minutes. You finish it in our in 10 minutes are you better than me because you finished faster than me? No.
If you have a stick where the sun does not shine about runners that take walk breaks or slower runners, think about a 10-mile run. A 10-mile training run and takes you an hour and a half that's great. Slower Runners are out there running for two plus hours sometimes even three hours.
How can you not respect that? Sometimes my 10-mile runs take me over three hours!
This guy calls me a walker and then acts like I'm an idiot.
He just insulted a complete stranger and told them you're slow. That's unacceptable.
My suggestion to you if you see someone and that you can't tell what they are doing don't use a proper noun.
How hard was it to just say "I see you every day you are awesome!".
Runners need to stop with this. We are all runners.
Not just old-school runners think this way. It is also coming from new runners. If you get an ugly attitude about people, who do the Dopey challenge asking about the dreaded balloon ladies, who by the way get a bad rap.They are volunteers, and they're there to help you. I've never met one, but I've done my research. Drop it already.
Why do you care about someone else who is doing the same races you? I heard someone today say that they should focus on learning how to run a 10K in under an hour before they do Dopey.
Just stop. If you see someone smile. Say hello. Thumbs up are a universal you’re awesome.
Speed doesn't matter. How fast you go doesn't matter. In the end, we both ran 10 miles. Speed does not matter here. We are not Elites.
Just be nice. How hard is that?