Tuesday, August 20, 2013

JUST: The new four letter word


We've all used it at one time or another, but have you ever stopped to think how demeaning that word can be?

"I'm just doing 3 miles today"
"I just walked, I didn't run."

There is no JUST when you talk about what you've accomplished, or what you plan to do. If you think back to when you first started running, every new distance you covered was an accomplishment, one to be proud of, and it still is! When did that change?

Somehow when we add that four letter word to a statement, is lessens what we are doing. There are so many people out there that cannot imagine being able to run 3 miles or further, whether they are physically unable due to injury or have never tried because it seems too daunting.

So many times I hear someone say that they are JUST doing a half marathon...That is 13.1 freaking miles, there is no JUST in that. Own those miles, you deserve it.

So why do we do this? Have we forgotten how hard it was to run 1 mile? 

I was at a race recently, and a friend wished me luck, quickly I responded, "Thanks, but it's just 6 miles." What?? Why did I say that?  I was simply trying to deflect attention from myself, but not only did it lessen what I was doing, it belittled her well wishes. This friend was also a runner, and she has been sidelined for the past 6 months due to an injury. She would do anything right now to be running.

Think about it this way, the last time you went on a run that was challenging and you wanted to quit so many times, and some four letter words may have been thought or uttered, was JUST one of them? No way. So why use them now when describing your next run?

So I challenge you, let's all stop using this word to diminish our accomplishments. Let's own those runs!