I had a slight altercation at the lunch table. Tiny. Maybe.
The thing is, I’m happy to mock and be sarcastic and facetious. It’s in my nature. But generally speaking, I do so in a manner that’s not really singling people out or trying to make anyone feel bad about themselves. I elevate self-deprecation to an art form and ultimately I’m a member of the “you do you” school of thinking.
I work with someone who I actually really like generally speaking, they’re a great person, but at lunch I felt the need to stand up for all my running people in the face of someone who doesn’t run making judgements about runners. Someone else I work with has started using the treadmill at the gym. He’s more in the weightlifting camp and has no desire to be a runner (his dad is a sub 3:00 hour marathoner so he’s familiar with the world of running) but wanted to do some cardio and was asking me about my pacing when the offending co-worker offered his assertions. Here’s how the conversation went down and you can tell me if I was grossly out of line.
“So what do you run when you race? Like what’s your pace?”
“For a half marathon, I can get into the 9ish range, for a 5k I’ve been known to go into the low 8s on a good day. I’m working on getting my marathon time down.”
Offending co-worker: “Well, I pretty much draw the line at double digits. Once you’re over 10 minutes you’re not running you’re just leisurely jogging. I mean, I run a 7:30 mile.”
Me: “Oh, really? You run a 7:30 mile? Did you run that for the whole Cherry Blossom 10 miler or just the first mile until you started hobbling because you hurt your knee and had to walk the rest of it? When did you run that marathon at a 7:30 mile? OH RIGHT NEVER.”
He got really offended and I said, “fine, in the future we’ll just stick with your arbitrary system of defining who is and isn’t a runner, a sport in which you no longer participate. Feel better?”
Listen, everyone gets their own opinion and if that’s the criteria he wanted to use he can use it but that doesn’t preclude me from disagreeing with him about it or from saying that I think it’s arbitrary and meaningless and pointing out that he was never really able to run multiple miles at a time so get down off your high pace horse.
Now I would like to hear your arbitrary opinions on my arbitrary opinion about his arbitrary opinion!