Yet, there are runners who aren't quite so forthcoming. Runners who cut corners to advance themselves. Runners who take advantage of opportunities.
Shocking? Well, this week my Wednesday Word prompt is opportunist and while I struggled to come up with a post to fit the word--I like to keep things positive--after some thought, I realized that yep, runportunists exist everywhere! And yes, I made up that word. It needed to be done.
Are you a runportunist?
With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy....
You might be a runportunist....if you run only for the bling. Would you run a race if there were no medals? Don't get me wrong...I like a medal after a half or a full. But is bling a deal breaker?
You might be a runportunist...if you leave a race with a big bag full of post-race treats.
You might be a runportunist...if you've banditted a race...and even worse, if you've taken a medal...
You might be a runportunist...if you've cut a race short but claimed the finish time. If it was a BQ, you're not only a runportunist, you're a thief and an asshole.
You might be a runportunist...if you shamelessly self-promote on social media. Yes, I'm thinking of those of you who beg for votes for the Runner's World Cover Contest. Yes, you runner, relentless braggart of miles! Yes, you, that runner who PMs everyone who likes their page, their IG, trying to sell seaweed wraps, nutritional supplements, or training programs.
You might be a runportunist...if you apply for every ambassadorship possible. I may have been guilty of this back in the day when I first started my social media journey. Lesson learned. I don't want to be committed to one brand of clothing or socks. The brands that I'm loyal to? I'm happy to promote.
You might be a runportunist... if you have a running blog but write nothing but sponsored posts. Do you even run? It's fine to do product reviews but if that's all you do...you might be a runportunist.
You might be a runportunist...if you've told a blogger she's a top 100 running blog but actually it's a ruse to get more people to your blog. Or you've offered to write a guest post even if she didn't ask you. Offered to help her grow her blog, and when she doesn't respond, clog her email with messages? Spam her blog with comments with a link to your naked page? Runportunist much? Stop me, I'm on a roll....
Are you a runportunist? You know awareness is the first step to action. Don't be a runportunist. I started my blog almost 3 years ago as a way to connect with other runners. It's been a fun journey. Mission accomplished. In these three years, I've made some amazing connections. I've also seen lots of blogs come and go. You get to know who's the real deal. I've learned a lot of lessons as well. I'm still trying to figure out Twitter, though...
Those runportunists? Do you even run, runportunists?
Are you a runportunist? How do you connect with other runners?
This was probably one of the toughest Wednesday Words I've had to write about! I like to keep things positive on the blog and this word made it tough for me. Sadly, there are a lot of opportunists in the running world. If you want to read more, go to Marathon Investigation, which is devoted to exposing the worst runportunists in our sport.
Besides linking up with Deb Runs, I'm linking up with Coaches' Corner: Debbie, Lora, Rachel, and Susie!