I've experienced some interesting reactions to my marathon the last few days. First let me premise it by saying, i'm not the type of person to say, "hey look at me look at me, I did a marathon!" In fact only 2 people at my work even know that I participated. Here are a couple of the responses:
- Bagger boy at the grocery store. This little punk I asked to help me out to my car with the cart of groceries. Because I was walking slow, and because he asked me "hey did you do anything exciting this weekend?", I volunteered that I had finished a marathon the day before. His comment,"Yeah, but did you RUN the WHOLE THING?? Otherwise it doesn't count" What the fk? I answered, with a patent lie, "other than 2 piss breaks, yes". Who is this guy, who was huffing and puffing to push my cart to my car--the marathon police? Honestly!
- My mom's idiot boyfriend (IB) told my mom that since my time was so slow that I obviously wasn't well trained. In fact when I was struggling after mile 20 and I texted my mom for moral support, I found out he told her that I might as well just drop out because I was going so slow. NOT that I need to defend myself at all against the likes of IB, but I really think that he and I might need to have a little chat to discuss perseverance--that quality that lets us continue on even when nothing is going the way we want it to. IB is the type of guy who WINS local races (or did in his heyday 4 decades ago); now is just a bitter old man that has trouble running and drops out of every race he starts when he can't manage a 5:45 pace any more.
So my question to you? Have you ever experienced people who try to denigrate your accomplishments ?? Maybe out of ignorance (like the huffy puffy bagger boy) or maybe out of jealousy, like IB? How do you respond?
UPDATE: I just found out that IB is now EX-IB. Hurray!!!