I just read a piece entitled "Why we all hate your 13.1 sticker" (link inside) He states that by displaying them we are implying we are better than others and are arrogant. Does this have any merit or is he just whining?
Get over it. It's a bumper sticker. Is he going to attack the proud parent stickers next. I have two saying "I love my chihuahua" and "I love my pig." Am I bragging, too?
He's whining. People put all kinds of bumper stickers on their cars, perhaps this one hit a nerve.
Nope. It's just a badge on the car showing the pride of having completed a half-marathon.
That being said, I am against bumper stickers in general, so I wouldn't use one.
Funny how running is the only sport where its acceptable to stick your accomplishments to the back of your car. No other athlete does this. Do golfers put their average? Rock climbers put their highest climbs? Bowlers put 300 games? Not really.
Triathlons have stickers too. 70.3 and 140.6.
I saw two people with the Ironman logo tattooed on the back of their calf the other day.
1. maybe every bowler who has bowled a 300 game does have that sticker. I'd never know.
2. I've seen hundreds of hockey/football/cheerleading/lacrosse stickers on cars. have you not?
A few, but touting what accomplishments, firefly?
none, for the most part. but what accomplishments are there to mention?
Beyond the 3 examples I already gave? Uh, maybe championships won (if its a team sport), medals earned at various competitions for things like swimming, archery, or tennis... Maybe number of hat tricks in soccer or hockey... Why am I doing this?
I've seen championship stickers. but you're right.
And Im not offended at runners' so-called "arrogance". Just an interesting, unique, sticker-posting phenomenon. And it caught on like wildfire. Haha
It's running thing. It's part of the runner community. The effort guy on the street is not going to know what a 10 K, 13.1 or 26.2 mean.
Maybe if its a regional thing perhaps. In northern California, we know exactly what those stickers mean, runner or not.
Its not arrogant at all. Sounds like someones upset about their poor health decisions and can't stand seeing people who exercise...
I was wondering what you thought. Do you have one of those stickers?
I I don't like bumper stickers on my car. I do have a magnetic decal of my running club. But I enjoy seeing them on other cars. Gives me a strange sense of family. Oh look!!! another runner!
No, no, Brian V. The sticker doesn't make that person look like a giant ass. It's declaring that "We all..." anything, and claiming to know what [always awful things] anyone else *thinks* (here, that "you're better than everyone else")
is what makes *you* look like a big, whiney butthole.
Lol! Well said, Susan! :)
Haha love it
I saw a 0.0 sticker before.
I think those are great!
I want one.
I never knew what that meant. Thank you. And the author is a whiny whinerton.
I wonder if the author would like some cheese with his whine?
That made me laugh.
I can see both sides of it. Honestly though, I am so out of shape and anti-running I wouldn't have known what to make of a 13.1 sticker if I had seen one. I'd probably wonder if they were bragging about bad MPG or something.
Get one of these instead.
Omg I love it.
It's a reminder of an accomplishment and let's other runners know you are a runner (since not everybody knows what the stickers even mean)
I was surprised when people asked me what that meant... I guess I assumed everyone knew.
Much better than a "coexist" bumper sticker. Now THAT's annoying! Send a supply of those to ISIS, so we can all finally live in peace.
Why do you find those annoying?
Whiner. How is that any different from putting a college sticker on your car?
I dunno. Maybe he thinks the same about that too.
Seems like a surefire case of sour grapes.
there's a joke to be made here about w(h)ine.
Where it might be true for some I put the 26.2 on our car as a reminder of a goal accomplished. I never thought I would ever want too, or could, run that long and it is more for me than anyone else.
And for fire too. He's a BA who is going to do his second full next spring
Serious question: I hiked 27 miles in one day in the Rockies. Elevation changes from 11k ft to 13500 ft.
In your opinion, would I qualify for the 26.2 sticker?
Did you run it?! Jk
That's awesome. I would.
I ran the descents.
The idea with the distance stickers is that you completed a race of that distance.
whiner. you know it's going to be good when he starts with, "why we all." if SoH has taught me anything, it's that we don't all anything.
Nah, all healthy humans breathe.
Also, this is not the first time I've heard this... Just the first time I've seen it in writing
Would this make him feel better?