I’m Quite Offended Thank You

I’m pretty highly offended right now about my precious Runner’s World magazine. I was reading the August issue in the Q & A Ask the Experts section. The person asked the question “As a heavyweight runner, should I train differently than the skinny crowd?” Perfectly valid question. The answer discusses the standard answers of “yes, its harder on your joints, etc.” But this is what they referred to the people in this “heavy” group as. Clydesdales and Athenas. In order to qualify as a Clydesdale, you are a man over 200 lbs. To qualify as an Athena, you must weigh in at 150 lbs. Although I’m under that weight, I don’t think that its “heavy”, but then I guess it could be heavy on a runner’s physique (which I don’t have), but I’m 5’7″ and I expect to weigh more based on my height…are all the tall people of the world just big fat fatties now? Well, I guess not. I looked up the story of Athena (other than the obvious Athens connection I had no idea) and it appears that she was “born” fully grown and carrying armor. I then looked up “Athena Runner” on Google and got this. This makes me feel a little better as it appears there is some sort of “force to be reckoned with”and have special races.

I just didn’t like it. If anyone has any insight or understands this better than I do, please let me know. I might just be angry out of ignorance on the whole thing.

That damned Athena thing upset me this morning because I’ve also decided I need to go back on Weight Watchers. Not pay for it, but just follow it again. I’d like to lose about 20 more lbs. But I’m not going to be crazy about it. Just try to eat a little more healthfully, since I’ve been a stressed out little “athena” lately.

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