They Give You A Medal For Finishing?!
After the Baltimore Half Marathon Suze, Sarah and I decided to visit Chick-Fil-A for a quick lunch on our way back into DC. We wore our medals into the store (obviously) and a guy with his three barefoot children (true story – no shoes in a fast food restaurant) thought we won. When we said we got the medals for finishing he said “What?! They give you a medal for finishing??” I responded that I thought we deserved a medal after running 13.1 miles. He asked what the winners get. We said money. That seemed to make him care a little less about our medals.
Oh, I Thought You Would Be Faster…
Chick-Fil-A guy gets an eye roll from me. I’ve heard plenty of people ask why everyone gets a medal and I get that some people are just really competitive or something. There are plenty of more annoying questions you can ask a runner. Like how fast are you?
As soon as I got home from Baltimore I took my dog out for a walk. He’d be home alone for about 8 hours and I felt bad. I took off my medal but I still had my bib number pinned to my shirt. I ran into a neighbor outside who asked how I did and I said awesome – I finished way faster than my last half marathon and like 2 minutes ahead of my goal time. Of course he had to know more. Well how fast did you finish? Under 2 hours? I told him he wasn’t even close and he assumed I meant faster so he started throwing out guesses that got all the way down to 1:45 before I said “Oh my god, I’m way slower than that! I’m not fast. It doesn’t matter. At all.” His response – “But you’re skinny…” Sigh.
Believe it or not (probably believe it since I’m sure most people reading this have met their share of nonrunners who say the darndest things) he’s not the first person that has said that to me. I got that very same comment in a meeting at work after the GW Parkway 10 Miler and I was totally taken aback by it. At least it left me better prepared for when I got it again.
What Happens If You Have To Pee??
One of my mom’s cousins live in DC and every so often we get together for dinner and drinks. She and her husband are in their 60′s and they’re not the exercising type. But that doesn’t mean they’re not completely impressed by the idea of running 13.1 miles. On Monday night we had the following conversation at dinner:
Cousin: But what about bathrooms? What do you do if you have to go to the bathroom?
Me: There are port-a-potties.
Cousin: What? You’re stuck running for that long and you have to use a port-a-potty? And all you get is a medal? It’s a nice medal but I think you deserve a trophy. Or money. They should be paying you to run these races!
I can’t really say I disagree with that
What is the craziest question or comment you’ve received from a nonrunner? If you don’t run what’s the craziest question you’ve received about your favorite way to workout?