Prove ‘Em Wrong

Today I was planning to write about the steps I’m taking to ensure that hip bursitis never returns to my life (which includes a great strength training plan from Meg – you know her as Meg Go Run), but I forgot to take pictures the other day at the gym! So, that post will have to wait for tomorrow because what’s a blog post without pics, right?

Instead let’s talk about runners.

Shut Up and Run (SUAR) is one of my favorite running blogs. Yesterday Beth at SUAR posted about an excuse she doesn’t like to hear, “I can’t run, I don’t have a ‘Runner’s Body.'”

What does a runner’s body look like?

According to Google Images it looks like this:

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And according to iStock Photo it looks like this:

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Okay so those ^ are really just outlines of bodies posed in the running position, but if I search for “runner” here’s what I get:

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If you keep scrolling through iStock you’ll find that we all look like this, apparently:

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Either that or we look like this:

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Good grief!

In Beth’s post about the “runner’s body” type she says, “when people say, ‘but you don’t look like a runner’ prove them on-so-wrong.”

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^ At my last race, the A1A Half Marathon in February 2015.

Prove them wrong.

That’s really the best solution – to the runner’s body issue and everything else.

Football scouts said that Tom Brady was too slow, too small and lacked arm strength. They said Aaron Rodgers wasn’t athletic enough to be a good NFL quarterback. Have you heard of Russell Wilson? Yeah the scouts said he was undersized too.

According to the scouts these three guys didn’t look like prototypical NFL quarterbacks, but you know what? All three of them have led their teams to Superbowl wins!

Brady, Rodgers and Wilson proved ’em all wrong!

I’ve only faced a couple of instances where others have said straight to my face, “YOU run?!”

Why yes, I do, would you like to look at my race pictures? Because I could flip through them all day savoring the memories from each race! 🙂

I’m hardly the Aaron Rodgers of running, but I do okay for myself!

And you do too!

What is the most annoying misconception about runners/running that you’ve come across?

Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, who is the best quarterback?

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31 Comments

  1. Molly
    May 13, 2015 / 7:29 am

    I frequently have friends and coworkers assume that the only reason to run or train for a race is to get in shape or lose weight. Honestly, I that’s how I started running (my bridesmaids dress for my friend’s wedding didn’t fit and I had no other options at the time), but I discovered so much more than getting in better shape. I found something that I truly love to do – and that surprised me!

    • May 13, 2015 / 10:14 pm

      I hate that one! I think most people incorrectly assume that I run to lose weight. I get the comments, “oh how much have you lost since you started running?” frequently and I find that very annoying. I wish they would ask how much progress i’ve made with pace/distance instead!

      Oh well, we love running, and who cares what other people assume right?

  2. May 13, 2015 / 7:50 am

    Love this! When I first meet people and they hear I run, they automatically assume I’m some kind of health freak which is not the case. Sure I try to eat healthy most of the time but I definitely indulge at least once if not 2 or 3 times a day. I run because I love to!

    • May 13, 2015 / 10:30 pm

      I hear you! I feel like people assume running + being healthy/lean + having bad knees all go together.

      To those people I say – WHATEVER! Let them think what they want to think!

  3. May 13, 2015 / 8:09 am

    If you have a body and you run, you have a runner’s body. It’s that simple. Most annoying thing I hear about running is that I will ruin my knees.

  4. May 13, 2015 / 8:27 am

    Hi Kristina! I just discovered your blog because I’m thinking about running in the Portland Marathon this year for my first marathon. The most annoying thing I hear about running is that it’s bad for my knees/feet/body in general. Anyway, I really enjoyed this post and I’m looking forward to reading more 🙂

    • May 13, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      Hi Stephanie! Portland was really tough for me because I wasn’t prepared for/used to the hills and it was unseasonably hot that day. All that being said, I would love to return someday and run Portland again!

  5. May 13, 2015 / 8:38 am

    I love this post! I hate when people assume that I can eat whatever I want because I run. While I do indulge on occasion, I like to eat well to help me run better!

    • May 13, 2015 / 8:43 am

      Same here Lisa! If there are cupcakes in the lunch room, I get the “Oh you can have one you’ll burn it off.” Maybe I just don’t want a cupcake at noon because I will sugar crash in an hour. Ever think about that? It’s not always about whether or not you can have something because you’ll just “burn it off”.

  6. May 13, 2015 / 8:40 am

    Every time I tell people about running, they always assume that I am going to have terrible knees one day. It drives me nuts. I always get “well marathons are going to kill you”, “running is so unhealthy for your body”, or some variation on that. I think it’s usually excuses that people make for themselves so they can continue to be couch potatoes.

  7. May 13, 2015 / 9:23 am

    People are pretty bad and I just chalk it up to ignorance. You go to any race event and your going to see thousands of runners in all shapes sizes and ability. That is what I love about the sport. Not many are built like LeBron James and were destined to play a sport. But anyone can get out and run plus see massive improvements with hard work. Great post today.

    • May 13, 2015 / 10:19 pm

      SO TRUE! We can’t all be LeBron! He’s a super athlete! I would love to know what his 5K time is, haha!

  8. May 13, 2015 / 10:00 am

    Kind of an awkward time to ask the Brady vs. Rodgers question 😉 But you know my answer is AARON all the way! Love him!

    By the way, can we just take a moment to talk about how annoying stock running photos are in general? It’s always super attractive babes with perfect bouncy ponytails, not a drop of sweat on them, and often times with poor running form. ARG JUST STOP!! Anyway. I digress.

    I guess I have what is closer to a typical runner’s body, so I’m lucky that I don’t face as much ignorance. What I hate is when people judge how runner-y you are based on your clothes. I once heard someone say that you could tell a certain runner wasn’t race-winning material because she was wearing capris. Dude, screw you. Maybe most race winners do dress a certain way, but what the heck is wrong with wearing capris? I’ve run my best races in them. This is part of the reason I wear skirts to my races now. I love the looks on people’s faces when they see that the chick they thought was a girly-girl fun runner is actually faster than they are! HA! 😛

    • May 13, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Hahah I know! I’m AARON all the way too. He’s the best! But I like Brady too and I think his punishment for deflate gate is kind of crazy and uncalled for. We’ll see what happens with that appeal!

      YES TO THE BOUNCY PONYTAILS! As I was flipping through the pages of pictures I was like, “what is going on here? How do the ponytails just fly out so perfectly behind their heads like that?!”

      I’m with you on the outfits too. I don’t get it at all!

  9. Maureen
    May 13, 2015 / 10:49 am

    I love this post! Hopefully this doesn’t come out the wrong way, but I have a similar but almost opposite problem… I am a runner but I am not super fast, have wonky form, and I have to work very hard, just like all of us. But I guess I have the ‘runner body’ so people typically say of course you run, then they see my times or see me running and it’s instant judgement about how are you so slow, or do you always look like that when you run? I do this for me. And the endorphins. Not to look a certain way or run at a pace that suits what my body ‘looks like’.

    • May 13, 2015 / 10:23 pm

      That is just as annoying! It shocks me when non-runners make commentary on what a runner should look like, run like, etc. I’m just like, “who are you to judge?” and why can’t we all just support each other anyway?

  10. May 13, 2015 / 11:07 am

    Yeah! I loved Beth’s post and I’m glad you took up this topic as well! With regards to running, I’ve had people comment on my “short little legs” (I’m 5’1″) Um, excuse me? But honestly, I think the worst came from my own mom, unfortunately, who was just terribly misinformed. She didn’t know that you could buy sports bras in cup sizes for larger chests (she doesn’t have this problem) and so once puberty took hold and I did have that problem, she just sort of shrugged and told me that larger-chested people can’t be active. I accepted this until one day I had the sense to google it and, wow! I wouldn’t say there are tons of options, but there are good options out there. I feel like I’m now an evangelist for Moving Comfort (maybe they could sponsor me?).

    • May 13, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      Oh wow! I don’t know whether to laugh or be shocked at the comment that large chested people can’t be active! HAH! A good bra is super important for us though. When my boobs are flopping around in an unsupportive bra I feel super self conscious!

  11. May 13, 2015 / 11:55 am

    I get annoyed that people think you will have bad knees, or when they assume that because I am a runner, that running is somehow “easy” for me! Or when they think that somehow training for a marathon is “bad” for you! (as opposed to sitting on the couch???)
    UMmmm…Tom Brady. 🙂

    • May 13, 2015 / 10:25 pm

      Haha I knew you would show support for TB! 🙂 I can’t blame you …. even though us Dolphins fans have our sights set on winning the east now! haha

  12. May 13, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    When I showed up for the marathon training team I felt really overweight for the first time in along time- it was a roomful of muscles and flat tummies, i was impressed. I have neither. I have been battling my weight, but i still have a big belly and very chub thighs, that is just how it is. My weight has been climbing up again lately, but I like to eat and i am almost 50, so I just watch it happen. I would be lying to say I don’t feel bad sometimes when i look at the “runners” but we all come in different shapes and sizes, and with our challenges and gene pools. I have written about my battle with image and left it in my drafts for months. I worry posting deeper stuff at times, I am glad you do it for me 🙂
    You are beautiful and strong Kristina!

    • May 13, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      You should hit publish. Honestly, it feels so good to just write and get it out. I was too nervous to publish my thoughts at first, and sometimes I worry that I do it too often now, but it feels good to just let the feelings flow!

  13. May 13, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    Love this post! I absolutely agree with all of this. I was actually thinking of this recently after attending an event where I met some elite runners. They–men and women–were as thin as my index finger. I felt like a giant around them and very out of place. What I realized later is that that’s their job! All they do is run. I am not a professional runner, so I don’t need to look like that!

  14. May 13, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    I believe that every body is a runners body. After all, people were born to run! It’s too bad that there are such stereotypes out there about what we should look like. And anyone who is ever run in a race knows that runners come in all kinds of packages!

  15. May 13, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Love how you add football into this 😉 sooo so true.! So many people have been underrated and than they proved everyone wrong.!! That’s why I love Russell Wilson’s story. He always say “why not me” why can’t you or I be a runner.? well there is no reason.
    unfortunately I do look like a runner. lol. but I also don’t like it when everyone assumes I’m messing up my knees.? haha I don’t get that.

    • May 13, 2015 / 10:28 pm

      Yes! I love Russell’s “why not me” motto! He always has such a positive outlook!

  16. May 13, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Oh girl, you ARE the Aaron Rodgers of running, you are amazing. And I love Rodgers and you / your blog so boom, done, you guys rock.

    You can literally do ANYTHING you put your mind to. You go glen coco!

  17. September 9, 2016 / 9:37 am

    Ignore what other people say. Do what you love! I very much admire people who just loves running just as I do, no matter what shape they are in. Kudos to you!

    You are AWESOME Kristina! Keep running and having fun!