Parents just don’t understand

I guess because I’ve hated running for most of my life, it’s hard for my parents to understand that I’m really a runner now.


I may not be the fastest runner, but I can put one foot in front of the other at a somewhat rapid pace for a decent period of time.

And yet my mom still sometimes asks how my walking is going. Good grief woman, you can’t even call it jogging?

Then there’s my dad who thinks it’s super cool that I run, but who honestly believed it took me 5 1/2 hours to finish the Fort Lauderdale halfReally?????

Because of all this I am really happy that my dad has decided to come spectate at the Princess Half next month. I don’t need anyone to validate who I am — as a runner or anything else — but I do think it will be nice for my dad to see me run first hand.

Growing up he was a big part of my sports life. We watched football and wrestling together on TV, he taught me how to ride a bike, he coached my basketball team and was at all of my volleyball games.

As an adult he’s taught me how to play fantasy football and now he will get to see me cross the finish line of a half marathon.

Speaking of which, this particular half marathon is costing me an arm and a leg! I’ve started totaling up the costs and … O_O. Thank goodness I live in Florida and don’t have to fly in for the race.

Do your parents “get” your love of running? 



  1. January 28, 2014 / 6:59 am

    As you know, mine “get” it now. Even though they watched my sister’s track meets in high school, I think the idea of of long-distance running was an abstract concept to them. I hope your dad has the same revelation my parents did!

    • January 29, 2014 / 12:05 am

      I hope so too! He’s supportive and interested in my running he just can’t really conceptualize it I guess.

  2. January 28, 2014 / 9:19 am

    I am so glad your dad is going to be there to see you finish! I think that will be important for him to understand and appreciate the hard work you have put into accomplishing these race goals. He’s going to be a proud papa!

  3. January 28, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    That’s awesome your dad will be there! Yeah, no…my parents both think I’m pretty much batshit crazy for signing up for all these races and training outside in the cold and running when my knee hurts or my legs or sore or whatever current issue I’m dealing with, haha. Like you, this is something that’s still pretty new in my life — I wasn’t ALWAYS a runner. But I think in time, everyone just sort of accepts it as part of your identity — even parents!

    • January 29, 2014 / 12:07 am

      Hahah yes batshit crazy is a good way to put it. Every time I bring up anything slightly negative (“my knee is hurting a little bit”) my mom is like, “what does your coach say?” in such a way that it sounds to me like she’s saying, “see you’re not cut out for this.”

  4. January 28, 2014 / 7:29 pm

    That’s great that your dad is going to watch you race! My dad doesn’t really ‘get it’ (he suggests cycling all the time to me, I’m not sure why) but my mom will support my running and come to my longer races.

    • January 29, 2014 / 12:11 am

      That’s great that your mom is super supportive! I think my mom just isn’t sure how to be supportive and/or is always worried that I’m going to permanently injure myself. My dad loves cycling and doesn’t quite fully understand why I like running but he has offered to bike along side me while I run sometime 🙂