Why Runners Talk About Running
You know you’ve seen the meme…
There are a dozen variations that all basically say the same thing: that we as runners talk about running too damn much.
And you know what I have to say about that?
Deal with it!
Passion Wins Again
You know why we talk about running so much?
Because we love it!
And here’s the thing, everyone talks about the things that they are passionate about! You can’t help yourself, especially on social media.
- Crossfitters talk about WODs.
- Parents, especially new parents, talk about their kids.
- People passionate about politics are about to begin a 10-month wet dream during this election year and they are going to talk about it non-stop.
The things we are passionate about are the things that we talk about.
If you don’t want to hear about my last race/long run, don’t ask.
I’m not going to go out of my way to talk to you about it, but if you bring it up you’d better be ready for all of the glorious/boring details.
Well, since you asked…
I Talk About Running. It’s What I Do.
I’m passionate about running.
I love to talk about running with others that share my passion. I love hearing about past races they’ve run. I love hearing about struggles they’ve overcome. I love hearing about crazy things that happen during their runs.
I host a podcast where I talk with runners about this kind of stuff all the time for God’s sake!
It’s not that I can’t talk about other topics.
I even enjoy talking about things other than running.
But I can’t help but talk about running a lot because it’s such a large part of my life.
Be Proud of Your Passions
You should never feel guilty to talk about the things that you are passionate about.
Because those are the things that make you you.
And you are pretty awesome!
So be you.
If your passion is knitting, talk about fricking knitting.
If your passion is Star Trek, talk Klingon to me. (I won’t have a clue what you’re saying, for the record.)
If your passion is running, talk about running!
Just be you. Be your authentic, transparent, real you.
And if your friends are sick of hearing about your running exploits, then make some new running friends.
Cause you know we never mind hearing tales of tempo runs, chaffing in uncomfortable places, “tummy issues”, and so on.
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