We’re always making these wild assertions on our blogs, aren’t we?
This works for me, so it must be true for everyone…I conducted an experiment with myself as the control group and myself and the test group and have come to the following hypothesis…I was having drinks with my friends the other night and we all agree…
Instead of saying, “hey, looks like I lucked out THIS ONE TIME,” it seems we feel compelled to make these broad, vague – and life-altering – generalizations about food, workouts and the rest of humanity, based on little or no supporting evidence.
This needs to stop.
So today, in honor of all you people, here are some of the most hysterical and overused claims I’ve come across:
1. Yoga makes me a better runner.
Cute, but you’re missing the point.
Yoga is what, really? It’s breathing, stretching and posing.
All runners know how important it is to breathe.
All runners know how to important it is to stretch, in order to relieve soreness and promote flexibility.
All runners know how important it is to have good posture, and to strengthen our muscles in order to reduce the pressure on our more fragile bones and joints.
But reiterating these points does not give us an excuse to post cute pictures of ourselves in our Lululemon yoga gear. Thus, YOGA is the only way to achieve running success.
Plus (and this might contradict what I just said but I don’t care), if it were that simple, I’d have seen some improvement by now. I’ve been doing yoga regularly for a couple of years and it hasn’t amounted to jack squat as far as pace OR mileage is concerned…
You know what has? Tacking on another day of running. Yep. RUNNING has made me a better runner. This year, I wiped more than a minute off my Drumstick Dash pace (4.5 mile), TWO minutes off my 5k pace and two minutes off my 15k pace. (Don’t get me wrong, I still suck at running. But I got better.)
2. Even the elites don’t run EVERY day.
Yeah, they sorta do. From Kara Goucher’s blog:
…I should clarify what I mean by “break”. I didn’t actually take any days off running. I ran 20 minutes the day after the race. But I didn’t run much for two weeks: only three to four miles a day for the first week and five to six miles a day in the second week. What I did get a break from was the grind of running twice a day, up to two and a half hours at a time, lifting weights, stretching, seeing my chiropractor, and the pressure of getting as fit as possible by a certain date.
3. This smoothie has everything my body needs.
Actually, Brawndo has everything your body needs.
Nah, but yeah. Unless you’re packing your smoothie with 700 calories and four bananas and a whole head of kale and23essentialvitaminsandnutrients, you’re not getting everything your body needs. And most of the smoothies I see are like, a pint glass with half a banana, a cup of spinach and some protein powder. MAYBE 300 calories. That’s not food, you guys. Eat a sandwich.
4. I’m healthier than you because I’m a vegetarian.
In the interest of diplomacy ($$$), vegetarians don’t often just come right out and say “I’M BETTER THAN YOU,” but they’re thinking it. We all know they’re thinking it.
It’s the way they are always certain to mention they had vegetarian lasagna. Or vegan cupcakes.
I don’t go out of my way to tell you I had a non-vegetarian pizza last night, so what’s the point of telling me your food has no meat in it, unless you think this is somehow more noble?
Guess what: we don’t care.
You can just as easily be an unhealthy vegetarian as an unhealthy meat-eater. Krispy Kremes and deep-fried butter balls do not have meat in them. That’s all I’m saying.
5. Organic food just tastes better to me.
It does not. And I dare you to take the Pepsi challenge:
6. I ran a marathon, therefore I AM SUPER HARD CORE.
Not really. Do you know how many people do marathons now? Like, everybody and their grandma.
Seriously, from 2000 to 2009, the number of marathon finishers in the U.S. increased by 169,000. And from 2008 to 2009, the number increased by 43,000! And basically, the more people who run, the less badass you are.
Yes, marathon finishers still represent less than 1% of the country. Blah, blah, blah. But only 9% of THOSE people ever ran a sub 3:30. And odds are, if you’re sitting on your ass reading this blog right now, you’re not one of them.
Thoughts? What do YOU think is bullshit?