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"

Friday, September 23, 2011

Random stuff

First off, Ellen's write-up of our run with Lance Armstrong. She did scare me. And the bathrobes the club goers were wearing were odd.

Next, Beth has a follow up on the IAAF's decision to make their new rules regarding world records being set only at women's only marathons retroactive. Paula Radcliffe no longer holds the women's world marathon record. Instead, the record is now held by... Paula Radcliffe.

Here's an awesome take on the IAAF's decision from the Chicago Tribune.

Here's a new one: plastic surgery to correct "runner's face." I will say, years of running without sunscreen can age a person, badly. Dudes can pull it off. Women look older. That said: wear sunscreen, don't get plastic surgery! Oddly enough, the article defines "runner's face" as "looking too thin and gaunt."

I'm not the only one studying the wear patterns on my soles to justify new shoes. New Balance did it in order to create a new shoe.


  1. Runners face? Never heard of it, nor have I noticed any runners with unusual faces...thanks for the sunscreen note though. I should start wearing it more but I do try to avoid the heat.

  2. Oh, that Chicago Trib article was GREAT! Thank you for the info (and double-thanks for the link love)!