This is the question that my kid’s were asked as I sat at a table with them, eating breakfast at our hotel, the morning of the Loon Mountain Race back in July.
Innocent question, right?
There’s a number of things to point out about this situation.
1 ) I was sitting with the kids at the table. Ron was getting his food (and we were the only people in the dining area).
2 ) I was dressed in my Six03 Endurance singlet and ready for the race, exactly as how I look in the picture above. Although not as sweaty or stinky.
This single question has irked me for 3 months since that morning.
Why would this guy think Ron was running and not me?!?!?
Do I look like a runner?
The story gets better.
I know who this guy is, although not well. What I do know is that he is known in the local running community and is heavily involved with another local running club. What I also know is that his wife, who is also heavily involved in the local running community, is fast AF and could run circles around him without breaking a sweat.
What made him assume DAD was running and not MOM?
Also, for reference sake, Ron was dressed in cargo shorts and a t-shirt. He did not look like he was about to run a race.
I responded back to this guy that I was the one running. He quickly recovered and we chatted about the race, since he’d done it before, but wasn’t running this year. He was going to be on the mountain cheering on teammates from his running group.
After he left, Ron, who had joined us at the table by then, was the one who said, “Why did he think I was running?”
Why did this man, who has a very accomplished running wife, think I was not running Loon Mountain?
A number of thoughts have danced in my head –
Do I not look like a runner?
I know that’s absolutely silly because if you run, you are a runner.
Do I look like I can’t run a mountain race?
I didn’t set any world records that day, but coming off of 3 months of no running from a stress fracture, I think I did pretty well.
Did I go back in time? Are woman not allowed to run because it’s bad for their lady parts?
Nope. Still 2017. And more woman are running than ever before.
I’m absolutely baffled by that conversation. I replay it often. I have no answers.
Maybe it was an innocent mistake. Maybe I’m reading too much into
I can see his mistake if Ron was sitting at the table with us. Or if Ron had been dressed like he was going for a run.
But he wasn’t. At all.
And for Ron to notice it? You know it was something if a guy noticed it, too.
I will probably never know the answer to my questions. I’m sure I’ll see this guy again, in fact I have seen him at other races already.
Will I ever ask him about it? No.
Does he probably remember saying it? No.
But you know I will add a little extra push if I see him during a race to make sure he knows I AM A RUNNER.
Have you ever had something like this happen to you?
Woman still have the right to run, right? 😉