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, April 11, 2012

I'm not sure I agree with her

Chat with my sister from last week:


Micah True's obituary in the Washington Post.

10 comments:

  1. Uh......no. I remember reading that (i think it was only after the book came out) he started doing running tours, so I really don't believe that. Also, what was the cause of death? Also, I am probably the only runner who does not really care. And I read Born to Run.

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    1. You're not the only one. I'm sad he died, of course, because I'd be sad anyone died. But that's kind of where it ends for me.

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  2. I don't care how he died, I am more anti Chris McDougal. And I know how to spell alive! :)

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  3. And what does his running tour business have to do with him being a pseudo ultra runner celebrity? Not trying to be mean, just curious.

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    1. I assume she means that he was courting and capitalizing on the celebrity, not running away from it.

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    2. Yes, that's what I meant! That if he didn't want the celebrity status he wouldn't have had a website up with "Run with Caballo Blanco!" Also, what did the reports say he died of?

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  4. But no one knew who he was before the book came out, if idiot guy hadn't written that book, then Micah would have just been another running tour business owner, that doesn't make you a celebrity.

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    1. But he started doing the tours after the book came out. I don't know.

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  5. Still haven't seen a conclusive cause of death, but he regularly ran in the wilderness alone which could have led to his death before he was discovered and became famous anyway. Dunno if his "celebrity" (really?) was so overwhelming that he decided to end it all, but he had a habit that was risky to begin with.

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  6. @Sam - it won't let me do the nested commenting anymore. BUT, Chris McDougall is speculating that it could have been a virus of some sort (a tropical parasite, if I remember right?). Who knows.

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