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"

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Things I Do Not Like, August edition

-Daily Mile. I don't get it; I like my social networks social and my running logs data-filled. Stalk my running log if you're bored, but I don't really need 50 of my friends affirming my every run. Not to knock it if it's your thing, but it's not really my thing.

Maybe I should start the anti-Daily Mile, where you can only give demotivation. You can give me a little thumbs-down and a comment like, "You quit at 4m, Tracy? You could have done 6. Lazy ass." In fact, I would encourage you right now to go and review my training log and then mock me mercilessly for the (numerous) holes you'll see. Obvious starting points: no long runs more than 14m in months; two weeks in July with mileage under 20m; highest monthly mileage so far this year in June. If anyone - anyone - tries to tell me that it's okay! and I'm doing great anyway! I will... well, I'll give you a mean look of consternation and beat myself up some more.

-People who throw around the term "fatties" all willy-nilly to disparage others. But we're all runners! So we're all thin! And fat people, well, they just deserve it, amirite? I mean, if I see them eating ice cream, it must mean that they eat ice cream, like, all the time! And that's why they're fat! But, Tracy, it's okay that you like ice cream, because you're a runner!

Listen: be concerned about someone if you know they have a weight problem and it's affecting their health. Be concerned about our society's miserable food habits that are systematically creating an obesity epidemic. But discrimination is discrimination, and that visceral negative reaction you have when you see an overweight person eating (or sitting on the subway, or sweating, or doing anything that loads of people of all weights do) is discrimination. I'm not going to try to convince you that every overweight person has a thyroid condition or has just lost 100 pounds and has another 100 to go, but I am going to try to convince you to not be a dick. And your jokes about "fatties" are dick-ish. Helping to make healthy food choices affordable for everyone will help people lose weight. Mocking overweight people or creating a culture of hostility based on weight won't.

-The obnoxious blister on the outside of my right big toe that hurts like nothing else and won't go away. Any tips?


  1. I use the 'needle and thread' tactic on all huge blisters. And then Compeed the hell out of them.

  2. total agreement on the fattie issue. and i wont cheer you on about your running report (though i do really want to, because it likely still beats mine and then i will feel better, bahaha). but i WILL thank you (thank you thank you thank you!) for introducing me to that running report web site. how cool! i'm so excited about this find!

  3. You asked for it.

    Get your ass out there and do what you know you know you need to do. No more shortcuts. No more excuses because that shit isn't going to fly when you are out there running 26 motherfuc*ing miles. Cause you just KNOW what that mental conversation is going to be like -'I should of, could of' crap. A marathon is miserable enough why are you adding to it. Stop it. Get out of your head and run.

    How was that?

    P.S. I was saying the same thing to the mirror this morning.

  4. I am actually impressed by your running...I am not sure I could run 13.1 miles at an 11:37 pace. I actually thought you were getting faster. Are you doing the labor day race at Van Cortlandt? I am going to treat it as a long run and try for 2-3 loops. If you want to run some of it with me lmk.

  5. @SillyGirl - add Compeed to the list of things we can't get in the states, sigh...

    @MW - I looooooooove RunningAhead. Love it. So awesome.

    @Bridget - THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEED. I may call on you to give that pep talk again, in fact!

    @Aron - No! No compliments! :) I'm hoping to head up to VCP on Monday, but I might only do one loop. (Not sure what my long run status is for this weekend.) If so, let's be in touch?

  6. I like DM because it is a uniform place to track my miles and paces. I am obsessed with my personal numbers :(

    I hate the "fattie" stuff too.

  7. Like Becka, I like DM. I like the charts and graphs and all that stuff. I like writing little reports on my runs, and it seems that people like reading them. Posting them, sharing them, writing them, seems to add something to the experience of training and I've met some fun people there.

    I do find the ra-ra-ra energy a little baffling, but it doesn't bother me. The first time I ran a race and people were cheering for me I had the snark instinct to think no, I'm not doing great, I'm going to die! And then I decided to turn that off and just soak it up and use it. I think it's the same way with DM. All the cheering is vague, but it doesn't mean you can't use it to help you along.

  8. I like to think that I bring cynicism, sarcasm, and all around gloominess to Dailymile. It helps balance out all the good will and cheer that you encounter there everyday. I think this is appealing to the positive people, so much that I always seem to get a lot of comments. I also write crazy stories about my runs.

  9. Eff Denny's. We need to go on another DQ/WC adventure before the weather gets too cold to rationalize crossing state lines for ice cream. Dead serious - text me if you're down and let's make this happen!

  10. Yeah, I've tried Daily Mile and I just don't get it. Running Ahead gives me all the charts and graphs and whatnot I could ask for, and it lets me enter a lot more (meaningful) information. I don't want to feel pressured to look at my friend's every workout and make some sort of comment on them. I just want to log my stuff and get on with my day.

    Also, in re: the blister. If you haven't already? Pop that fucker. (I can say that here, right?)