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"

Monday, April 2, 2012

Things I learned during my two minutes of "fame"

This is what your viewing statistics look like after your blog is mentioned on letsrun:

So, just like one race victory made me an expert on winning, one brief mention on letsrun has made me an expert on fame in the running community.

Let's recap the events of last Friday, aka The Day That Will Live In Infamy In Tracy's Running Career. Better than the day Sage Canaday tweeted me, better than the day I ran up Mt. Washington. As far as I can reconstruct, one of my twitter followers (with whom I've never interacted) posted my blog on reddit. She said I was "seriously fast, without the serious attitude." Half-truth! I don't have a serious attitude, and others were more than happy to point out that I'm not fast. From there, it worked its way onto letsrun... and my page views spiked.

After having been a runner for nearly 15 years - which I do believe might be somewhere around the age of many letsrun posters and is definitely the age of the site's layout - I thought I'd seen it all. Not so much.

Things I've learned since my blog went apeshit:
-If you are slow, people will tell you that you're fat. (Yeah, yeah, we've been over this already.)
-If you are slow, people will assume you run with a jogging stroller. (This one befuddles me. I have no kids.)
-If you are slow, people will tell you that you are "not a real runner" and that you "pollute the sport." (Rolling my eyes a little here...)
-Some people get it. These people are very nice. (Hint: I know I'm not going to qualify for the Olympic Trials.)
-Some people don't. (I was called "disrespectful to those men and women who are taking the olympics seriously.")

I think my favorite comment was the person who (anonymously, natch, and I assume sarcastically) linked an article on how to finish a marathon in 5 hours into a comment on my blog. Thanks for that! But after 11 slow marathons, I think I might have that one down pat.

Next up: moving on to regular, intermittent, lazy, (mostly) sarcastic blogging.


  1. Ha ha. The running stroller one really cracks me up. It's funny when you read about running being more inclusive but then there are still people out there with funky attitudes!

  2. I am very disappointed that you would let go of your dream so easily. You can do it!!!

    Seriously, though, what kind of stat software is that? That's not what blogger shows me, but you're all cool and not on blogger, so...

  3. Wow, T. That really does suck about all the crap comments. i'd like to think i would be able to brush stuff off like that, but i know deep down it would sting. I hope you are the former. And I love your blog - always have!

    1. :)
      Thank you! I was taken aback for about a minute, but I really have brushed it off. I mean, I love running, but I take myself as a "real runner" about as seriously as the letsrun guys do. Now I just think it's all kind of funny.

      I do wish Sage Canaday would tweet me again, though...

  4. Loved your comment about the layout of letsrun.com. I can't take that site seriously until they take their display seriously. But it's awesome that your blog got some serious attention!

  5. That thread made me want to quit running and get all of my exercise by running to the kitchen for more chips and alcohol while Game of Thrones is on pause. Oh wait....

    1. It's Homeland and a tub of ice cream over here ;)

  6. The interwebs are full of trolls.
    I figure anyone who spends their time trash-talking others on the web has some pretty low self-esteem issues. If they were SO great, wouldn't they be out doing great things instead of talking smack?

    Keep doing great things, T! :)

  7. We are the anonymous. Expect us.