On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I twittered the other day that I was bored, and I got a quick response from Shelby:

Yes, this is how I spend my evenings.

Well, Shelby, I'm happy to oblige.

I actually once answered a similar question. One of my favorite running bloggers had a post on a similar question, namely what five people she'd invite to dinner. Here was my answer:

See why I love her? She can't LOL. My favorite.

I would like to revise my list slightly, though:

1. Frank Shorter, ca. 1980. Slightly past his Olympic days so he's still famous enough and fast enough but he's humble by now. And also he's a lawyer already at this point - that's hot. And then at dinner he'd ask me to marry him and I'd say yes.

2. Frank Shorter, ca. 2003. How many times can I use this photo? Yes, I know he's got a few years on me, but come on now. Old(er) guys are hot, right? And then at dinner he'd ask me to marry him and I'd say yes.

Wait a second... Let's try that again...

Much better, right?

3. Franklin Pierce. I have an inexplicable fascination with this obscure president. I love him. I can't explain it. And then at dinner he'd ask me to marry him and I'd be puzzled briefly, because he's dead and all, but of course I'd say yes.

So there you have it. It seriously just blew my mind that these men both have "Frank" as part of their names. What about you?


  1. You and your Frank Shorter obsession. ;)

  2. Frank Shorter circa 1972 is so much hotter, what with the Village People mustache and all.

  3. Okay, so I've given this some thought.

    First off, there is the porn 'stache. I'm just not into that, I don't think.

    Second off, he was only 25 at the time. I think that's probably too young for me. I'll have to give this more thought, obviously.

  4. A few years ago at the Boilermaker I'm hitting the 7 mile point when I hear a lot of "Go Frank!" I think nothing of it. Then I start hearing "Go Bill!"

    Again, I think nothing of it.


    Yep, there they were. AND I PASSED THEM. Granted, they were clearly jogging...but that was fucking surreal.

    And now you know.

  5. !!!!!

    That's a great story.

    But, I'm not surprised you passed them. A few years ago I was at one of the many expos I go to just to see Frank Shorter. There was a large group of skinny, high school running fanboys. After about 10 minutes of "OMG WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO RUN WITH PRE??" questions, they started in on his current training schedule. It was really cute to see them being like, "and your tempo runs? what pace are those at? what's your current mileage? how often do you do doubles? is it better to do a 10x400 or an 8x800 workout?" He looked kind of uncomfortable and explained that he only ran for fun these days, maybe 40mpw at about an 8mm pace. There was this visible/audible deflating, like all the air out of a balloon.

    Now, if you tell me Frank Shorter is running the Boilermaker this year, I'll register RIGHT NOW.

  6. Haha, the porn stache is kind of a turn off! But I love that you chose Frankin Pierce because... who would even think of him!? :) You are too funny. See, I knew your choices would be interesting!

    Well done :)