Oh, I’ve been tagged by David Ray. Guess that makes me it. For those of you who don’t spend their lives in front of their computer reading running blogs, this is blog-chain letter. Whoever is tagged answers 5 questions (related to running), then passes this on to 5 others. I don’t know the origins, so the rumors about untold wealth and success if the chain is continues (or a miserable death on a lonely road if it’s broken) could be completely true. Who knows.
So, here are my answers
1- How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
Running 10 years ago? hahahahaha! Lets see…I stopped running in 94, and didn’t start again until 2002, so that puts 10 years ago right in the middle of nothing. However, that was right about when I started doing Aikido, which I did for around 3 years. That involved a lot of being thrown around and slamming into the floor. Some may consider that more exciting than running. Or heck, for some, that may be exactly like a typical run.
2-What is your best and worst run/race experience?
Best: Uh, usually when its over. Haha. See, I’m funny. Because that’s a joke. What, you want something real? Okay, the NYC Marathon in 2004 was really awesome. I’d consider this race a must do for anyone looking for a destination marathons, because it’s just a big ol’ party. Plus, the fact that my wife was there, and because of the course, she was able to meet me at a number of spots without much difficulty (and even walk with me for a little while), made this special.
Worst: Lets see:
– Miles 14-20 of the 2002 Seattle Marathon. I wasn’t prepared for the hills. Plus, a week in Las Vegas before this probably didn’t help. (Although my wallet was lighter, so I suppose I had less weight to carry.)
– Miles 17-25.5 of the 2007 ING Georgia marathon. Man, I was hurting and it was freezing out.
– Hurting my knee a month before the Darkside Marathon. I was really looking forward to that, so it really bummed me out that I wouldn’t be able to do the whole thing. But I still had a good time for the 16 miles I completed, and I’ll go back to finish it next time around.
3- Why do you run?
I enjoy it. I suppose it’s good for me. It gets me out of the house. I get to hang out with my friends. And it’s a hobby I can take with me anywhere.
4- What is the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given about running?
Heres the advice I would give. It doesn’t really answer the question, but hey, it’s my question and I can answer how I want.
Shoes-get shoes that fit properly. If your going to wear shoes when you run (and there are people that don’t), this is really important. Unfortunately, no one told me this and I had to figure it out the hard way. (My first half marathon, I finished and one foot was just one huge blister.)
Lubricant-Bodyglide/Vaseline/etc is your friend. Sure wish someone told me this earlier.
Hydrate often and well. Again, how come no one tells me these things until after I start complaining about it?
5- Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
Just because I like to ramble on, spewing bits of information all over the internet, sharing my opinion of whoever happens to read it, doesn’t mean I actually want to give out any personal information. I find it really pretty scary how much you can find out about a person online.
There is a letter to the editor of my college paper I wrote back in ’96 or so, and it still pops up on searches for me. Now, that would be okay, but the letter was a response to another letter that someone else wrote, and meant to be a bit light. (The original letter writer was taking their self a little too serious.) However, when you see my letter, you don’t see the original letter, so it can be taken very much out of context and make me sound like a real ass. (Well, I probably sound that way a lot.)
So, now I tend to be a bit more careful of what I write online. I’ve thought about waging an all-out internet war on people/businesses where I felt they were acting inappropriately., but then decided not too because years down the road, it would still be out there to haunt me. (For instance, the builder of our house backed out of a bunch of promises they made. We were upset, and we want to make sure other people knew about it as they were decided to buy a house from these builders. But, in the end, we decided to let it go, because it wasn’t going to change anything.)
Okay, that’s the end of it. I’m supposed to pass this on to 5 other people, but that means I’d need to know 5 other people with running blogs who haven’t received this before. And since I’ve seen most the ones I’ve read get this, I don’t have anyone left. (I did leave a comment on Donald’s blog that could be considered a tag. He’s not getting around to doing this for a while.)
So, I’ll break the chain and hope that it doesn’t kill me. Who knows, next week if you read a post about how I ended up getting lost on my run, stung by bees, bit by a snake, then hit by a car, you can just blame it on this.
(And if you read this, but don’t have a blog, and want to do a guest post here, let me know. Then the chain won’t be broken, and I’ll finish my next race in first place, get sponsors and live the good life.)