Yogging

“I won’t be able to make it fellas. Veronica and I trying this new fad called uh, jogging. I believe it’s jogging or yogging. it might be a soft j. I’m not sure but apparently you just run for an extended period of time. It’s supposed to be wild. “

Okay, so it DOES sound a little crazy when you describe it like that Winking smile  And I must admit, the first time I saw Anchorman I didn’t even LIKE it.  In fact, I thought it was stupid.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) for me, Chris loved the movie and so I was forced to watch it several more times.  Each time I laughed harder! 

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Another great scene is this:

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Ron Burgundy: (lifting weights) 1001, 1002, 1003.
Veronica Corningstone: Uh, Mr. Burgundy? Helen said that you needed to see me.
Ron Burgundy: Oh, Miss Corningstone. I wasn’t expecting company. Just doing my workout. Tuesday’s arms and back.
Veronica Corningstone: Well, you asked me to come by, sir.
Ron Burgundy: Oh, did I?
Veronica Corningstone: Yes.
Ron Burgundy: Oh-h, it’s the deep burn! Oh, it’s so deep! Oh, I can barely lift my right arm ’cause I did so many. I don’t know if you heard me counting, I did over a thousand.

(This is what I do at the gym as well.)

Yes.  If you haven’t seen Anchorman, I recommend you watch it.  And if you don’t like it right away because, well, frankly, because the plot is AWFUL, watch it over and over until you do like it!

So on a related note:  are too many people running marathons?  From NPR:  Marathons, Once Special, Are Now Crowded.   If something is crowded, does that mean it is no longer special?  Have I jumped onto a bandwagon that is going out of style?  Is joggling the new yogging?

I saw that NPR story on Facebook initially, and a lot of people were angry at people who run marathons, for being rich and spending all their time running.  They thought that you had to run 8 hours every day to train for a marathon.

What do you think?  Do you like “yogging”?   Are you angry at people who like to run?  If too many people run marathons, does that lessen the accomplishment? 

And…in a country where obesity is such a huge problem, what’s wrong with a bunch of folks having a good time running for a long way?

2 thoughts on “Yogging”

  1. Anchorman is worth it just to see the news team rumble.

    And I know that you and I chatted a little about this before, but maybe there is another perspective…maybe the people who are complaining about it see distance running as this insurmountable, perhaps even incomprehensible task. Therefore, those who engage in it must either be A: super amazingly athletic or B: be independently wealthy and have so little to do in “real life” that they just run all the time. Either way, those “regular folk who have to work” could never engage in such an activity.

    Nobody is REQUIRED to run a marathon, or a half marathon, or a 10k, etc., but that more and more people are stepping up to the challenge is a good thing!

    As far as more people entering marathons goes, I think people should do what they want, and if that means making a marathon a life goal (either just once or regularly) then go for it. It’s a pretty cool accomplishment, no matter how many times one does it, and despite the fact that thousands upon thousands of people participate in many of these races nowadays.

  2. It strikes me that people who are angry at people who like to run must be in need of a hobby. (Or maybe they just need to run off some steam.)

    And no, I don’t think something becomes less of an accomplishment just because more people do it. It’s still pretty cool!

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