My post yesterday about appreciating those who support our time consuming passion for endurance sports served as a perfect lead in to today’s topic, which is: They won’t always get it.
Months ago I agreed to go out this Saturday night with some friends to see an 80s band. Sounded like fun at the time, and it still does. But, when I learned the band doesn’t even start until 9 p.m., I back pedaled. There’s someone in the wings to take my ticket, so I’m not going. I’m getting up around 5 on Saturday morning to run, then volunteer at a Girls on the Run 5k, followed by two kids’ games. Rinse and repeat for Sunday. Sometimes I’m willing to burn the candle at both ends, but right now I’m not feeling up to it. While my concert-going friends may be too polite to say it, I’m sure they question my priorities. Skipping a night out so that I can get up early and get my workouts in?
And I understand where they’re coming from. I also have a degree of guilt for not following through and going. But after missing so much running last year, I am so happy to be out there that I do prefer it to other activities, social or otherwise, right now. I don’t expect people who don’t share the same passion for something like running to get it. We all need to keep that in mind–welcome the support we get, but don’t get upset when others question it.
They may think we’re mixed up, crazy, and missing out on life. But you know what? We’re the lucky ones who have found something about which we are passionate. Not everyone gets there in life. So when questioned by others about how/why you spend so much time running at the “sacrifice” of other activities, just smile, try to explain it, and hope that they understand. They probably won’t, but remember–that’s ok.
Do you ever get grief for your running choices? How do you handle it?