What’s the ultimate compliment for a runner?
Awesome smile atop that podium.
A little old lady remarked to me as I set off on my run this morning, “You look cold.”
“I’ll warm up fast,” I replied.
“You look cute though!” she then yelled at my back.
I thought to myself, “Okay, well, thanks, I guess?? But really, wouldn’t any runner rather hear: ‘You look fast’?”
Admittedly I know I didn’t look fast today, so maybe she was just scraping the bottom of the barrel in regards to compliments and could only come up with ‘cute’.
The thing is, sure, aesthetics are nice and all that jazz but there really is nothing better than the compliments that come from the watch, you know?
Well HELLO there, Mr. PR! DAAANG, I like what you’re spitting out, keep more of those kind words numbers coming!!
How about chugging through an endless set of intervals, each one faster than the next, sure the countdown to the last one started three prior, rounding the bend of that homestretch you’re swearing on your life that THIS is going to be the last one no matter what…and then you finish, look down and BAM yet another negative split!! Booyaah, that recovery jog, the lactic acid cripple shuffle, goes by way too fast but with that
validation compliment from the watch you’re taking off with as much gusto that is humanly possible for yet another interval.
Words are nice. Words are great. I’m a writer so I’ll even go so far as to say words are fan-freaking-tastic. But you want to know something?
Numbers, namely the RIGHT kind of numbers, to a runner are way freaking better.
There is no
validation compliment like a PR.
1) What’s been one of the best compliments, in terms of being a runner, that you’ve had yelled at you?
2) What’s the oddest thing someone has yelled at you?
I once had, “You look like a praying mantis” shouted at me from a car.