Distance Runner Pet Peeves

Today’s post is brought to you by my biggest pet peeve.

Do not talk about my body.  (Unless you’re going to tell me I look great.)

Growing up, everyone told me I was too skinny.  I’d go to the doctor and tell him, “I’m too skinny, how do I gain weight?” and each year he’d tell me I was just fine, it was my body type and as long as I ate and was healthy, I shouldn’t worry.  Eventually, I gave up caring about the fact that I was “too skinny”.

I was born with a distance runner’s body.  I’m semi-tall (5’6″-5’7″); I’m lean; I don’t really have curves.  I take after my Dad’s genetics in that aspect.  I can’t help it.  Sure, I’d like some curves.  Or to actually look like more than a beanpole in my clothes.  I’ve been the same weight since I was 16. Right now, I fluctuate but I tend to range from the same weight to a couple pounds heavier.  I probably look leaner given how active I am, but I have more muscle on me than I ever did.

This is why it drives me crazy when people make comments about my weight.  I was having dinner with my Grandma today and I made a comment about the entire chicken breast I ate — something I never do, I prefer my chicken mixed in with foods.  I have no real basis for this other than I like when multiple types of food are mixed together rather than standing alone.  So proceeds to tell me how I should eat more; I’m too thin.

I eat plenty.  I snack during the day.  I eat breakfast.  I eat all my fruits and veggies.  I eat pasta.  I eat lots of it.  I eat bread.  I get dessert when I want it.  Hell, I ate 6 or 7 fresh Italian cookies today.  Believe me Grandma, I eat.  I may not eat entire chicken breasts at a time, but I eat meat a few times a week with everything else.  I don’t deprive myself of any food and I also don’t work out because of the food I eat.  I enjoy working out, I enjoy running.  I eat what I eat because it makes me feel good and I perform my best when I’m eating healthy, but my body type has nothing to do with an unhealthy eating style or workout regimen.

Fresh fall.  Damn sidewalk.
Fresh fall. Damn sidewalk.
And here's what it looks like today.  Ouch.
Here’s what it looks like today. Ouch.

Then I go to visit my Mom and show her my battle wounds (I tripped over the sidewalk yesterday — skinned knees hurt!) and as I lift my pant leg up, her first response is “Oh my God, your legs are huge!  Your muscles were not that big the last time I saw you!”

Yes Mom, I have calves.  I run 4-5 days a week and take spinning and/or rowing 1-2 times a week.  Every single time I work out, emphasis is on my legs.  I’m a runner.  I have muscles on my legs.  And they do tend to be larger than that of somebody who does not regularly run.

I just can’t win, can I?

Onto happier topics… despite my spill after Wednesday’s workout, I had a fabulous track session.  A mile and a half warm-up to the track, followed by 3 miles of intervals.  I did three sets of 200m at mile page, 200m jog, 200m at mile pace, 200m jog, 400m at 5k pace, 400m jog.

I thought I was spot on with my intervals, but my 200m intervals were too slow and then my 400m intervals were too quick.  I aimed for a 6:00 mile pace for the 200m sets because I figure I’m basically where I was in high school which was a 5:30 1500m, which should translate to around 6:00 for a full mile.  For the most part, my 200m sets were closer to 6:30 miles.  I aimed for 7:00 miles during the 400m but ended up running under 7 for each.

Regardless, the run was great.  It was so warm and sunny (hello first run-related sunburn of the season!), there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  I probably should have gone harder on the 200s and maybe the 400s would have settled into the right pace, but better luck next time.  I think I’ll try for some quarters next week on the track.

I just can’t get enough right now.  Weather in Buffalo has been absolutely gorgeous.  How can anyone not run in weather like this?


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Just a 20-something homegrown Buffalo sports loving, distance running, gin drinking kind of girl.

2 thoughts on “Distance Runner Pet Peeves”

  1. I can 100% relate to this. I have not always been skinny (being a swimmer first) but I had a lot of medical issues during early college (I found out I was diabetic…my body literally stopped absorbing sugar) and so I dropped about 20 pounds) but anyways now being a distance runner everyone has to imput their two cents. I literally think it’s my biggest pet peeve as well. Thank for you for this post.


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