Comment of the Week – 8.16.2014

COTW badgeAs an editor here on SR, I always think it’s funny how 25 different women can write stuff completely independent from one another and we can still end up with topics that fit like a hand in a glove.

Lemongrass touched on the mind-boggling frustration that we runners commonly put on a few if we’re marathon training. We know it’s stressful, but be careful with how you manage it, and make sure you’re fueling your body with all the nutrients it needs!

Right on Lemongrass’ heels came Ginkgo, with an enlightening post on orthorexia. As it turns out, disordered eating comes in more shapes and sizes than we thought, and it’s important to be able to step back when you’re focusing on weight management and make sure…hey, check it out…and make sure you’re fueling your body with all the nutrients it needs!

We also had a great Training Basics post about heat acclimatization from Mint, some chick told the story of her first marathon finish and Mint came back to us with a Friday 5 to send her three young half-marathon trainees off to their first race with a bang!  (Good luck, boys!)

Weight management seemed to be the heavy topic of the week though (sorry, couldn’t resist), and our commenter of the week dove right into the discussion in a way that resonated universally with the Salty Bloggers.

Who is this insightful runner?

Marcie, from Ohio!

I find that in our culture, it’s not enough to be skinny, you have to be FIT. 6 pack abs are not good enough: I have to be a cross fit maniac and GO GOGOGOGOGOGOGOogogogogogo. If I don’t have full definition everywhere, I’m ugly, lazy. “STRONG IS SEXY” is the new “You can’t be too rich or too skinny.”

My Sister in Law remarked that a friend’s wife was really fit and only ate egg whites for lunch and plain steel cut oats for breakfast. No dairy, fruits, veggies. Sister in Law said “I would rather be a bit pudgy and eat what I want.” but I hate this dichotomy! Either eat “not healthy” and get fat or be a freak but “healthy”. Which of course, isn’t necessarily healthy.

Sister in Law is vegetarian too… She doesn’t eat unhealthy!

She said this in front of my young daughter too… I was kinda pissed. I don’t want my kid thinking that egg whites and plain oats is at all healthy. (Does this other woman eat more that as stated? I hope so but wasn’t presented as such) Or that eating variety of foods is fat-inducing.

Maybe I shouldn’t have, but I said “Oh no, that sounds like disordered eating.” Sister in Law then had to explain to my daughter that yes, you *should* get a variety of delicious, nutritious foods and not eat only one thing.

I wonder if super focused eating/super fitness is our new status symbol. I have time, money and willpower enough to eat only organic non-this, non-that steamed, never microwaved food. I dunno. I’m tired of it. Can’t I just run??

You know…you can just run, Marcie!  We loved this comment because we all know the feeling of constant bombardment with unhealthy messages about food and weight.  The moms contingent of Salty Bloggers were especially proud of Marcie for speaking up in front of her daughter – it’s so important to give kids the tools to process the information they hear out in the world!  I thought her response was just right – indirect and non-accusatory, but also expressing an honest reaction of concern.

Marcie declined to share a photo, but she was so excited about her big win that she wrote me back in the third person:

Marcie is an Ottawa based neophyte runner. She has two kids, a (standing) desk job and a fantastic husband who supports this new and crazy hobby she decided to take on in middle age.  She is currently battling plantar fasciitis.

Aww. Sorry about the foot, Marcie!  Think of it as a rite of passage into runner-hood.  Most of us have been there, and I’m glad to say I think we have an upcoming post on the topic.

And for the rest of you, have a great week and thanks so much for being part of our community!  YOU are why we do this!

Cinnamon made Salty Running, takes lots of pictures and drinks lots of coffee. By day she's a camera assistant for films and tv in New York, and by night she's on a quest for zen in the 10k. Her writing is a mix of satirical humor, finding wholeness as an average runner, cheering for runners at all paces and more.

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