Happy Tuesdays Fit Friends!!!
The weather outside is frightful, but the weather inside is delightful and lucky for me the hubs is terrific and took the Little Miss to her school family night. I just wasn’t feeling up to going back out again. I really needed some downtime and the big girls needed some homework assistance. So here I am drinking coffee by the fire, chatting with my girlies and writing this post 🙂
This week’s topic is: conversations with Non-fitness folks!
I really wasn’t sure where to go with this topic. Sure we all have those funny or annoying conversations with people who think they understand fitness but really don’t have a clue.
I am running a marathon this week, it is so far 5k. Um not all running races are marathons 😉
Another funny one that comes to mind is when my mother in law asked if I had won the race after my first half marathon. Um not quite!!
On a more serious note:
I think having truthful and encouraging conversations with non fitness friends can be really beneficial. So many people secretly want to be fit, but they are scared or don’t know how to get started. A friend who eagerly listens to your long rambles about running or training, might want in on the fun. I like to test the waters and invite them to join me on an easy workout.
Often people you never knew were fitness junkies are closet athletes. For example I was reading a marathon training guide yesterday at work and it sparked a terrific conversation with a supply teacher who has the desire to complete her first century ride this coming summer!! That light conversation may have possibly linked me up to a new training partner from a very unlikely source!!!
I find people who are not into fitness REALLY REALLY do not want to hear your running, biking, swimming stories. It either annoys them to no end or it makes them feel insecure about their lack of physical activity. Of course, most of us fitness junkies tend to take the conversation way to far and don’t just give “The Coles Notes” version of our workout. I know I personally get VERY excited sharing the details of my workout.
I had a friend who I convinced into running a half marathon, unfortunately she had underlying health issues, back trouble, and she had to drop out of the race. I felt terrible and awkward talking about my training, and even worse talking about the race.
Finding fitness friends can be terribly tricky, especially in a small town. I look to social media to help me connect with other athletes. Luckily I have found LOTS who share my passion and although I don’t have a true conversation with them, I do share through photos and blogposts 🙂
Do you have any funny fitness related conversations??