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, October 6, 2011

News and stuff

Today, just because I can, I will dust off my iPod nano (an old school red one) and my Nike+ and I will listen to the voice of Paula Radcliffe or Lance Armstrong generically tell me that I'm doing a great job on my run.

And while I'm running, I will pass a moment of silence for Steve Jobs. I'll think about having to type "PR#6" into the old school apples in my 5th grade computer lab. I'll think about technology and about the first time I saw an iPod and knew it was special even though my brother had had an .mp3 player for ages and how I still think the iPad is more for consuming than producing and this makes me annoyed (can our society be any more Wall-E?).

Yes, I'm a fan girl. Well, mostly. I have an iPad, an iPhone, several iPods, a MacBook, and a MacBook Air. But none of them are the latest and greatest because I'm not rich like that (PLEASE DO NOT MUG ME). And yes, I resent the stupid capitalization. Or should I say "iResent the stupid capitalization"?

I thought this was an interesting Apple article (on the Gizmodo iPhone prototype from a few years back).

While we're on the subject of interesting articles, you know it's marathon season when the NYTimes dishes up another of their classic fluff pieces on distance running. The latest is hydration. Drink before you get thirsty, or is it already too late at that point? Avoid hyponatremia, the article says. Also: we slowpokes drink too much because we don't know how to hydrate properly.

My favorite line, though, is the one at the beginning where the author states outright that fall marathon season begins this weekend with Chicago and ends on 6 November with NYCM. Sorry to any of you running Philly; it's evidently not a fall race.

Ryan Hall nude... just like God made him. From ESPN.
And the last bit of exciting news of the day: Kara Goucher is soon to be joining Ryan Hall in being coached by God! Okay, maybe not. But she's not being coached by Alberto Salazar anymore. (A friend of mine grew up in Oregon and said that all of his Oregonian running friends called him "Alberto Saladbar." I challenge you not to think of that from now on. And, if you have any free time, you should really read the New Yorker profile from last year on Saladbar.) No news on who her new coach will be, but Kara? I'm free. Just call. Certifications? Experience? What are those? Come on now. I can help you.


  1. I wish I could unsee that photo of Ryan. I mean, his whole ribcage/stomach area or lack there of is just disturbing.

  2. I agree that the Ryan Hall photo is one of those things you want to unsee and can't. It's also one of those things you have to immediately share once you've seen it.

  3. Just focus on those pretty Redwoods behind him. That's the scenery I get while trail running everyday (minus the nudity of course). Pretty trees, mmmm.. :)

  4. The coached-by-God thing reminds me of that line from Chariots of Fire, something like: "I know God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure." [read that with a thick Scottish brogue]

    Perhaps in that photo Ryan is thinking, "Though I run naked through the redwoods of the Forest of Death, I fear no poison ivy... Though annointest my feet and privates with calamine lotion, and my PR cup runneth over."

    Re: Apple- I still have my first Mac, which was absurdly expensive (I hate to admit how much it costs). I guess that's why I don't get rid of it… it cost me so much money!