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Dumb Questions To Avoid Asking The Marathoners

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Celebrating Marathoners
And Avoiding Dumb Questions You Wouldn’t Dream of Asking!
by Mudita Rastogi, Ph.D.

Last weekend saw thousands of runners participate in the 2019 Chicago Marathon. While I was not one of them, I enthusiastically heard stories of persistence and discipline from friends, acquaintances and clients all of whom participated in and competed this astonishing feat. 

But that’s not why I write. I was aghast to hear dumb and dumber questions that apparently regular folks ask marathoners, sometimes right after they finish the race! 

And since you are not one of those unwise people, you’ll appreciate this list of what not to say to someone who just ran a marathon.

Question: “How long was your marathon?”
Hint: A marathon is always 26.2 miles!
Instead, say: “How did you feel during and after the marathon? Any special memories”

p.s. An avoidable follow-up question not to be asked: “Ummm, do you mean it’s 26.2 miles or 26.2 kilometers?”
Question: “So, what was your rank in the race?”
Hint: That question is irrelevant! FYI, almost 46,000 people ran this year in Chicago. The person standing in front of you finished a 26.2-mile race. That’s all you need to know. 
Instead, say: “Congratulations on running the marathon! That’s an incredible feat.”

Question: “Why’d you take 4.5 hours to run the distance? You could have walked faster than that! And BTW, I run a 5-minute mile. Next year I think I’ll run the marathon too.”
Hint: OK, that’s just an ignorant remark. The marathoner will ignore you. Or laugh…..
Instead, say: “Congratulations on finishing the marathon! How did it go for you?”

Question: “I bet you ate a lot of pasta and candy while you were training, huh? I can’t resist carbs! I think I’ll run the marathon just for the carbs you can eat.”
Hint: A marathon is not just an excuse to consume calories. Serious runners eat a careful diet that matches their training needs. 
Instead, say: “I’d love to learn more about how you managed your nutrition while you trained.”


Question: “When are you planning to run another marathon?”
Hint: This is like asking a woman who just gave birth: “So, when are you having another baby?”
Instead, say: “It’s incredible that you just finished a marathon! Hope you get some rest.”

Question: “You ran a marathon? I run too. I did a 5K last week.”
Hint: It’s not about you. 
Instead, say: “I have so much admiration for your fitness and persistence. You must feel so amazing to have completed this race!”

Question: “Why do people run a marathon? It’s so pointless! I prefer to hike because you are actually going somewhere.”
Hint: Just don’t!
Instead, say…. Absolutely nothing!

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  1. I have immense respect for people who finish their marathon race. I'll consider it a feat if I ever run a marathon.

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  2. Kudos to all those who train, take part and complete marathons. I certainly could never ever complete the training let alone the marathon!

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  3. Anyone who completes a marathon is amazing in my eyes! It's such an incredible achievement.

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  4. This is a great post. I'm not the avid runner my husband is- he runs half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks. And people always ask, "how was your marathon" meanwhile he ran a 5K. It's just crazy how many people think a marathon is the only thing you can run! I know a few people training for the NYC I give them so much credit, completing a half was mentally challenging for me I can only imagine another HALF on top of that.

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  5. Oh yes the questions that come out of people's mouths sometimes...you just have to laugh. Love both of your looks, the red is so great on you Tanvi!

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  6. Haha this is such a great post!! Definitely remembering this for the future!

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  7. oh I can totally relate! it works even for people who are not cool enough to run a full marathons and do only halves!
    I really admire your work: marathon is not an easy feat! I hope your recovery will be smooth and easy. by the way, did you get some special reward after running? I know the whole finished run is a reward but still.

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  8. Honestly I had no idea a marathon was a specific length - but I'm also not very likely to be in the position of talking to a runner!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  9. For me everyone who run for a marathon deserves respect because it is something not easy to do. I'd like to be part :) - Paolo

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  10. It's great to think about how others might feel during this time. Marathons are so cool, though I'd never have the determination or patience (or endurance) for them. It's good to know what to ask - and what not to!

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  11. I have huge respect for marathon runners. I have huge respect for runners in general. The fastest I ever go is a brisk walk.

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  12. I have an interesting read about this, next time when I ask some marathon runners, I have to ask the smart way.

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  13. I've actually been asked before how long my marathon was - it's a bit funny but I understand most people not knowing what it is.

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  14. I have so much respect for people that run marathons!! I can only imagine how challenging it can be, and there are people that run a few marathons a year! They are super hero's to me!!

    Kileen

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  15. There's no such thing as a dumb question i say, kudos to everyone who has completed a marathon, definitely out of my league!

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  16. I am so far from a runner so I did not know the etiquette of the questions I should ask! I have a couple of friends that run and I will keep these in mind when asking about their next one!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  17. Interesting! My daughter just got into running recently and it's so incredible to watch her progress in a her fitness goals. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I don't think I've ever asked a marathoner a question. I usually just congratulate them and they are happy with that.

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  19. i've never run in a marathon but i want to! it's on my list of things to do.

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  20. I was shocked at the questions people actually asked there marathon runners! That being said, you look amazing

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  21. There's no more question for me. Just congratulate them because they finish what they started and that's all. They will gonna be relief if you not ask a question for sure.

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  22. I could never manage a half marathon, never mind a marathon so I would only be congratulating them

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  23. It takes a lot of strength to run a marathon. And people train for so long before attempting one. It's admirable how they manage to do it.

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  24. These are great questions but for me, I will congratulate them instead of asking questions because we all know that they are already tired.

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  25. People always seem to ask interesting questions about stuff! Doing a marathon is certainly a feat! Good to know what would be good to ask.

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  26. Obviously, you should not be making the comments about what someone else was able to accomplish. It should never be about you. Although I definitely have some curiosity about training regimen. I had a friend who did it. Definitely proud of him he was able to accomplish such a feat.

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  27. More power to those who run marathons, I have NO desire to. A 5K is good!

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  28. I have never and could never run a marathon!!! This is such a great post!

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