Naysayers are criticizing themselves, not you
Naturally, when you tell people you’re taking up any new activity, you attract critics. “Oh, you’ll ruin your knees.” “You’re not athletic.” “You should try something a little easier.” Ug. They were discouraging at first, until I realized their dirty little secret. Naysayers aren’t telling you what you can’t do; they’re telling you what they can’t do. Every person who told me that running was a bad idea was a person who would never attempt something so grand. So shake off the haters. Their criticism has nothing to do with you.