Sam is done explaining why she’s taking the elevator

So I am the sort of person who likes to run upstairs and downstairs while carrying bags. It’s my favorite airport workout. Zoom past all the escalators. Zoom past all the people. Run to the gate. Never sit. Keep on moving. See here and here.

But now I can’t. I have a busted knee. I find out the precise flavour of busted on Monday when I meet with the knee surgeon. In the meantime, it’s all physio and all icing all of the time.

Also, no stairs. I do the stairs in my house slowly one at a time. I don’t carry things.

Definitely no running. Though I’ve been told to give pool running a try.

At work I use the elevators.

But the thing is it’s just one floor up to my office and I find myself needing to tell people why I’m taking the elevator. I’m sheepish about it. Part of that is my size. I want people to see me as the fit injured person not a fat, lazy person. For the first time in a long while I am wanting to lose weight (not just to get up hills faster and be kinder to my aging joints) because I see judgement in others’ faces.

However, the explanations about why I am taking the elevator sit uncomfortably with me. Does anyone owe strangers on an elevator an explanation? In case the answer to this rhetorical question isn’t clear, it’s NO. I even think it’s perfectly fine to be fat and to be lazy.

You can be skinny and lazy too. It’s up to you. No judgement here. See Healthism, fitness, and the politics of respectability.

Walking with my cane recently I was offered preboarding on a train. The cane serves as an explanation. Without it I’m wanting to tell people a story.

No more.


Photo of a parking garage elevator with a yellow "elevator" sign
Photo by andrew welch on Unsplash

2 thoughts on “Sam is done explaining why she’s taking the elevator

  1. Oh yes. I’m the same, except it’s my hip that’s the trouble. 😔 I’ve found myself telling people about it because I felt bag about not taking the stairs. They probably weren’t even judging me! I’m also walking with walking poles sometimes now, when I want to walk more than just a few hundred meters. It’s ok in the outdoors, but feels very weird in the city.
    Good on you for having overcome the urge to explain yourself! I’m still working on that…

  2. Hmmm I used to walk up 4 floor flight or steps in a work bldg. That was 25 yrs. ago. I’m just lazy. I take the elevator with my cycling pannier full of clothing, etc. Or walking off the LRT, elevator.

    I have noticed I go up and down stairs more carefully. I seemed to have lost my speed-bounce…which maybe my concussion a few years ago made me just a tad more cautious.

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