Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Running: Only For Skinny Africans and Women?

The title question refers to specifically competitive events, such as those sponsored by the New York Roadrunners Club, and not the activity as a general exercise. Last event that I took part in, which was a half-marathon about three years ago, about five thousand runners got in my way while I was running in a straight line, which made me think "why the hell am I doing this?" I woke up extra early (like 6 in the morning on A SATURDAY), paid $30, and all for the satisfaction of running a crowded race in which I had no chance of winning, considering that a skinny African guy finished when I was on my second mile.

Maybe I just don't get the appeal. Runners: please explain. What am I missing here?

I still run by myself twice a week, which I enjoy. I am not a yuppie chick who wants to prove to her friends that she can run a marathon. I am not a skinny African or Mexican guy with a realistic shot at winning. In other words, I can't see why these races would appeal to me in any way.

What happened to drinking beer and lifting weights? MAN UP.

Please vote on the poll.


  1. NYRR club runners look like the buffet line at Ceasars Palace...Anyway, I CHALLENGE you PTU punks to race me SUNDAY JUNE 26th AT CONEY ISLAND. Its not NYRR club so its actually fun, free beer and cheeseburgers...BRING IT!!!

  2. It's $30 entry and the money goes towards some shady organization.