NOTE- this post is not about bashing people who do run and it’s not about you, you or even you who love to run. This post is about being a non runner an online world with mass saturation about how rad running is. If running is your thing, that’s ace.
I see you here reading my blog. That means you have internet access. You may have even popped over here by following a link from social media. I’m guessing that if you have internet and use social media you may have noticed that running is the new black.
You may have been asking yourself “if a run happens on the road and nobody’s fitbit tells me on facebook did it even happen?” or you might start thinking that 1/2 of your tweeps can’t be wrong and maybe you should be running too. At least then you’d have something to add to the conversation.
So you download an app and give it a go. Maybe you also find joy in pounding the pavement-we’ll know because we’ll get to see it over the various social media platforms we hang out on because sharing is real a part of modern running-and if so then good for you. Finding a way you love to move your body is ace.
But maybe you don’t love it.
You know what? That’s OK too.
There are a billion ways to have a body and so many ways you might enjoy to exercise that body-if exercise is a goal you have. If you try something out and don’t enjoy it then it’s OK to give it away. And it’s OK not to be interested in how much all the runners love to run or how far and fast they do it. Just because it has a massive presence online does not mean it is for everyone or that you have to participate in that particular branch of fitspo.
I will say again this is not an attack on running or particular runners. It’s an assurance to those of us who are not runners that just because so many people are doing it and sharing it online doesn’t mean there is something wrong or you are missing out if it’s not your thing.
Yesterday I put on a pair of roller blades for the first time since the 90s. I spent a large portion of that decade whizzing around on my own pair. When I buckled up yesterday it was like no time had passed and I was zooming around the rink in no time. It felt good to be moving around in a way that felt easy and natural for me. Same as when I hit the pool. Swimming laps feels good. It’s movement that comes naturally to me and that I enjoy.
They can have their running.