I don’t make this stuff up….the title of my quick post today was what some random guy said to me, verbatim, while I went on my 5 miler at 10:30 am. I did not stop, becuase I honestly didn’t feel like putting up a fight with some random stranger on Columbia Blvd. I kept thinking about his quip to me during my whole run and all the things I could have said. Below are some of the many one-sided things I would be saying to this individual if I could rewind, and some of them also include my imaginary rebuttals back after he keeps mouthing off:
-Yes, running on concrete is bad on my knees, but where would you suggest I go that would allow me cushion for 5 miles?
-Or what about tomorrow for 17 miles? Oh….17 miles, yes I am running that! You say you haven’t even driven that far? Well that’s great. Good for you.
-I’m running, you’re not, what have you done lately to work out, because really it looks like you haven’t
-You say I should try something else, maybe swimming or biking? Yeah, don’t like them. Why don’t you try minding your own business.
-Running may be bad for my knees, but that bag you’re carrying from the liquor store next to Green’s Pop Shop is bad for you liver.
-Running is bad for my knees, but sitting on your ass is bad for your gut.
-Are you going to tell the next person you see smoking a cigarette that that is bad for their lungs? Are you now a doctor or something?
-Red meat is bad for my cholesterol, but it is great for my low iron. Everything is life has a bad thing to it. Sometimes you just need balance.
-Thanks. I’ll keep that in mind. I never would have even thought about that. Actually, I might just turn around right now and head straight home and never run again because you my friend are a genius.
I could go on and on, however I have more important things to do, and lets face it—this post is just basically a gripe fest. But it means something, and not just for running. Imagine if as I was running I had yelled to someone “You could burn more calories if you walked faster.” Yeah, would never do that. DON’T give your two-cents to random strangers. Unless you’re picking for an argument or to just tick someone off, don’t even open your mouth.
Really, in the end of this all, I don’t care what this guy said because the reason why I run is because I can.