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I’m a numbers nerd. Yes I am.
How many miles can I run in a week. How close can I get to even splits. Or the coveted negative splits! I’ll gladly suffer through a VO2 max test just to *know* my numbers. Oxygen consumption. Lactic threshold. Heart rate zones. Heck, I even get excited while analyzing the heart rate response versus time and workload on a sub VO2max test on complete strangers. Oh and do I just LOVE my Garmin 305 (affectionately known as “coach”) and all that it can tell me on it’s little screen!
Yes, I hated statistics and calculus, but when it comes to exercise science and my own training numbers, give me more.
So obviously it’s no question why I love dailymile. I’m not so obsessed with the numbers that I analyze every single run compared to the last, but I still love to track my mileage and watch my progress. One of the neat things about dailymile is the feature to automatically share your workout with your facebook and twitter friends. And of course, I do.
Today, while chatting with a group of some of the most awesome running women in the universe, someone brought up the topic of sharing your workouts via social media, and the fear that she may “annoy” her facebook friends. Others chimed in and said that they’ve heard some (non runners) feel those who post workouts are “bragging”. Another even said she read it was one of the “top ten most annoying things you can do on facebook” list.
Really? REALLY? I honestly had never heard such a thing. So I turned to trusty google, where I was informed that yes, I am indeed utterly (and obliviously) obnoxious to my facebook friends by sharing my daily workout. Who knew. On RyanSecrest.com (anyone know if that’s a peer reviewed, reputable source? ha ) had the following to say:
The Five Most Annoying Types of Facebook Status Updates#2. The Gym Rat
“Woo! Just finished my eight mile run at the gym, now heading out for two hours of yoga. Who’s up for a six mile hike later today? Hit me up!”
If you’re like most of us, a trip to the gym requires great effort, commitment and motivation. When we decide once again to forego our exercise routine and sit down on our computer instead, we’d rather not be subjected to your Facebook tales of the epic run you took that day, or the exhausting workout you completed before we even rolled out of bed. Yes, your activity level is impressive, but now the rest of us just feel like total fat slobs. Thanks.
Woah. Call me clueless. And quite frankly, sad and troubled by it too. Excuse me while I drag out my soapbox and climb upon it.
We are a lazy, overweight society. Obesity and inactivity statistics are numbers I DO not like to look at, because they are scary and devastating. It sickens and saddens me when it’s socially acceptable for a facebooker to:
- Check in” at the laundromat, the gas station, the dentist, and then happy hour all in a 30 minute time frame
- Declare yourself “Mayor of Starbucks” in four square
- Share with the world you have just earned a pig but are in need of a new plow in farmville
- Call your friends to a “job” to “off” some people as virtual mobsters
- Make sure we all know there are 6 hours until the weekend. Then 5 hours till the weekend. Then 4, then 3…then…crap, it’s Monday again. Only 5 days until the weekend…
- give a running commentary of the latest episode of Jersey Shore
Here’s what I say, as an avid runner, who also plays the occasional round of farmville and yes, has indeed “checked in” to random places such as “Indiana Jones temple of doom stunt show” and/or Taco Bell:
Be happy for one another. ENCOURAGE each other and celebrate all of our differences. You don’t like the gym? That’s fine! I do. But I personally would rather avoid starbucks. Or the mall. Or happy hour (well, not always). Or standing in line for hours to watch a midnight showing of the 15th Twilight movie the moment it is released. But that’s cool if you do like those things and want to share. I’m happy that YOU are happy. And we ALL deserve to be happy.
So when I post my workouts, I promise that I am not boasting, bragging, nor indirectly calling anyone “fat”. Am I calling you out on not exercising? Sometimes, maybe. It is my career after all. But I never mean to be insulting, degrading, or smug. Am I proud of myself for my accomplishments? You betchya. Just like YOU should be proud of YOUR accomplishments, and not afraid to shout them from the rooftops for fear of being “annoying”.
But most of all…I hope by sharing my workouts and incessant running rambles I am inspiring someone else to get up and move. One more life saved by exercise is worth hundreds of haters.
Be happy. Be healthy. Be YOU. ( I swear I read that on facebook somewhere…)