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Today’s word is JUDGMENTAL.
The adjective judgmental describes someone who forms lots of opinions — usually harsh or critical ones — about lots of people. Judgmental types are not open-minded or easygoing.
It is so easy to be judgmental. Most of the time, we don’t mean to be.
It’s easy make judgments about how people dress, talk and live their lives but unless we are them, we don’t or can’t understand why they do what they do.
Are runners judgmental?
Most are not but occasionally we may fall into that trap of making assumptions about other runners.
Here are few running behaviors you may be judgmental about:
- Inappropriate clothes or crazy costumes.
You know the ones in sweat pants, big cotton tees shirts or overly tight spandex or running bras.
But you don’t know the reason why they dress the way they do. Maybe they can’t afford expensive outfits. Or they just lost some weight and want to show off their new body. Who’s to judge?
I like to be matchy matchy with my running clothes. At my age, I like to dress conservatively (No running in short shorts or just a running bra for me.)
Sometimes in race, I see someone dressed as hot dog or some other crazy uncomfortable costume. But to each his own!
I am too competitive to run in any restrictive costume or outfit.
- Not racing
Not everyone feels the need to enter a race. It doesn’t mean that they are not serious runners.
Perhaps, they don’t want to spend the money on race entrance fees or maybe they don’t have the time due to working or parenting obligations.
I, personally, love to race and wouldn’t run if I didn’t race. I plan my activities around my racing schedule.
Many runners walk. They may be using the Galloway method of run/walking or they could be injured or recovering from an injury.
I walk because sometime I am just too tired to run and the hill is too steep.
- Slower Pace
I may be fast to some runners. But to a lot of other runners, I am slow.
Not everyone is gifted to be speedy. Not all of us have to time to put into drills to try to get faster.
We all run at our OWN pace. All our PRs are PERSONAL records and should not be judged.
- Training Plans
Some runners have a coach. Some buy their training plans. Some download free training plans. Some make up their own training plans. And some runners have NO plan.
There are reasons for all of the above stemming from cost, convenience, preferences, experience, injury, etc.
I have found that no two runners who train for a half or full marathon follow the same plan.
For my first half, I sorta followed a plan that was posted on the race’s website. 18 half marathons later, I do my own thing. I increase my long runs by 1 mile each week up to 12 miles and then taper to 8 or 10 the weekend before the race. It has worked so far.
- Running Companions or Not
Many of us always run alone for whatever reason we like our solitude.
Others cannot get motivated to run unless they have company. It may be a friend or a group or even their dog.
I enjoy both. But for the longer runs, a companion always makes the miles go by faster.
- Running Gadgets/Toys
Fitness trackers, GPS watches, bluetooth headphones, foam rollers, sticks, resistance bands, KT tape, etc.
If you think you need them and can afford to buy them, by all means have them.
Some runners cannot afford them or don’t want to use them.
I have a FitBit (a recent purchase) and a Garmin watch but none of the rest. I think I could even do without the watch (but not easily at this point. I’m too competitive.) But I do enjoy running naked (sans technology).
- Cross/Strength Training Activities
Some of us just run. Others do yoga, CrossFit, bike, swim or play tennis.
Sometimes it depends on your interest or what you enjoy. It may depend on money or what facilities you have access to.
I don’t belong to a gym but have access to a free gym with machines. There’s a treadmill where I work.
I don’t enjoy working out or swimming or biking. But that’s me.
I do enjoy playing tennis, walking and an occasional yoga class.
I think cross/strength training is great for runners. I wish I could motivate myself to do some working out..
- Social Networking
You share what you feel comfortable sharing.
Some runners post every single run and their pace. Some runners post every race recap in detail. Some post runfies.
For some, it’s a way of motivating themselves or motivating others.
Since most of my friends on FB and IG are not runners, I try to post only major events and lots of pretty scenery pics. And I hate selfies (but that’s just me.)
I think I am easy going and open-minded. I do try not to judge others. I hope I have been successful.
I didn’t post any pics because no matter what I posted, it would mean “judging” in some way.
About judging myself…
Probably not as successful.
I look at my race pics and say to myself “wow, my thighs look huge!” or lament after I cross the finish line “I can’t believe how slow my time was…”
Happy Running! Do you find yourself judgmental? If so, about what?