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Finally said it – “Runner” co-workers….(18 posts)

Finally said it – “Runner” co-workers….DaveLobster
Jan 16, 2004 2:34 PM
The group I work with has recently picked up running (actually mostly walking with some jogging). Last fall, just to be part of the group, I trained for a couple of weeks and did a 5k with them, only to end up easily beating all of them. Half of the folks in my group just walked the whole 5k. I didn't even know people signed up for races just to go out and walk

They are planning on doing a 5k tomorrow, and one of the "runners" gave up their place. So my supervisor asked me if I wanted to run, and I told him again that I haven't run since last fall. As he was telling me how it would be no problem for me, and that I could probably still beat them all, I finally broke down and told him that I could get a better workout doing my usual 3+ hour/60 mile Saturday morning ride than spending the twenty minutes or so it would take me to run the 5k.

I know it is awful to say, but I do feel, in a way, superior to them. Maybe that's not the right word, but I want them to understand that I'm at the point where what they consider pretty strenuous is not that hard for me. I know there are plenty of real runners out there who could kick my butt, but these aren't them. These are people who had been sedentary for years up until a few months ago. Yet they still keep asking me to come join their run/walk group and do races. What can I say to these people??
How about: "Thanks for the invitation, but I have other plans"cmgauch
Jan 16, 2004 2:44 PM
These are co-workers & friends after all, some diplomacy is in order.
re: Finally said it – “Runner” co-workers….Fender
Jan 16, 2004 2:47 PM
Tell them your not interested in running. You tried it last fall and it's not your thing. If they insist in having you present, then invite them for a ride.
re: Finally said it – “Runner” co-workers….beattle2
Jan 16, 2004 4:16 PM
"Maybe that's not the right word, but I want them to understand that I'm at the point where what they consider pretty strenuous is not that hard for me"

and my favorite

"I could get a better workout doing my usual 3+ hour/60 mile Saturday morning ride than spending the twenty minutes or so it would take me to run the 5k".

What you consider strenuous is not that hard for me. Gee do I sound like as big of an ass as you? Take a deep breath and say "I am a weekend worrior and that is all I will ever be."
Have them join you in a ride ...witcomb
Jan 16, 2004 4:19 PM
Well, that probably isn't the best idea.

At my company we go mountain biking every Wednesday night. We encourage people, complete noivce to long time riders, to come out. We tend to push and help the noivce's along, try to get them to do things they wouldn't normally do. Basically, we just encourage them.

Now, mountain biking is something I enjoy and something I would do regardless of a noivce going. If you don't like to run, then just say so. If you would like to go, well then go and help push them along. This could make it more enjoyable for you, it might make it more enjoyable for them. Altough, you might never get invited again.

They obviously know that you are in better shape then them, yet they still ask, something to keep in mind.
We do a Thursday evening road ride in seasonramboorider
Jan 17, 2004 12:10 PM
I'm the strongest of the bunch, by far, and I'm not strong at all by serious rider standards. It's a really slow ride, so it's a sorry excuse for a workout, but it's a lot of fun and something I enjoy. I just try to work my heavier rides in around it so the Thursday rides are a recovery ride for me. We've gotten quite a few people off of their asses and out on their bikes for these rides - I'm sure as hell not going to start insulting them about their pace. Hey, we've all been there at one time or another.

Not insult, encourage, there is a huge difference (nm)witcomb
Jan 17, 2004 12:43 PM
Didn't mean to give the impression...ramboorider
Jan 17, 2004 5:18 PM
...that I thought YOU had insulted the folks on your ride. I was addressing the way the original poster insulted the folks he wouldn't run with. I was more or less just seconding your response. Sorry for the confusion.

Use the 5K run as a warm up to your 3hr ride. nmBruno S
Jan 16, 2004 7:31 PM
re: Finally said it – “Runner” co-workers….Squint
Jan 16, 2004 7:33 PM
You should do what Homer Simpson does when he has work-related problems: fake your death.
re: Finally said it – “Runner” co-workers….xxl
Jan 17, 2004 10:01 AM
Sometimes the little white lie is just a whole lot easier for everybody. Tell 'em you can't run because your knees can't take the pounding (and explain it's why you had to get into cycling). Of course, it's a moot point, since you already told them that their little pansy 5k couldn't make you break a real sweat ; )
Raceing, training, socializing, and overtime.Spoke Wrench
Jan 17, 2004 10:35 AM
They're four different things and, for you, that 5K event is only going to fit into one of them. If it's socializing, take it for what it is and enjoy it. If it's overtime, take one for the good of your career and just go with it. Or don't go and live with whatever the consequences (if any) might be.

Personally, I used to hate events like that because they took a whole weekend morning and screwed up my training program. I think that it's a lot better to be direct and say: "I don't want to." than it is to expound on how much better what you are doing is.
Congratulations! You've just reinforced the ideaBowWow
Jan 17, 2004 6:20 PM
that road bikers are a bunch of elitist snobs who can barely stand to share the planet with lesser organisms. Nice job.
Congratulations! You've just reinforced the ideaChainstay
Jan 17, 2004 8:50 PM
I think in such cases people are free to make personal choices. These choices reflect on no one else but themselves. They are not making a statement on behalf of any group, minority or organization that they belong to.
I agree53T
Jan 18, 2004 10:16 AM
Although, with all the similar comments I read I'm not sure the "idea" is not true.
re: Finally said it – “Runner” co-workers….Louis_G
Jan 18, 2004 7:57 AM
You are superior to them physically.

I wouldn't give up on running. It's good and if you ever meet people who aren't sucky you'll wish you had trained it. For a cyclist such as yourself I recommend doing power training on hills. I run:

4 miles hills (up and down, some steep) on Sat or Sun if weather is too crappy for riding
10k on Wed. flat
Fri. 4 miles hills

the best hills to run are steep. I run stuff that I mountain bike on (if it isn't muddy).
re: Finally said it – “Runner” co-workers….Louis_G
Jan 18, 2004 8:00 AM
I forgot to mention that I find I get a more time efficient workout out of running than cycling. Unless I'm riding up a mountain (all of which are min. 20 minutes from my house riding or driving) my HRM says that running is tougher for me at the speed I do it.
Jan 19, 2004 6:40 AM
Running is a great thing to have in your work-out arsenal. If it's too cold to ride, if you don't have time to ride, if you are out of town w/ no bike.

I say bust out that 5k and call it interval training. Our big local 10k race just added a 5k after the race. They're giving a entry discount if you run them both. That could be interesting.