Wednesday, February 13, 2013

For the love of the sport?


I think everyone who has a blog is a bit narcissistic.  By typing into this little box, I’ve carved off a small piece of the internet and made it 100% about poop me. Well, and as long as we’re throwing around big fancy words, for reading this you’re a little bit voyeuristic!  I’m ok with it.  Come into my house, I’ll show you where I keep the good wine....

Because I’m still not running due to some calf issues (MRI tomorrow to rule out a stress fracture) I’ve had a lot of time to pontificate (jeeze, another big word – go me!).  When I run, I don’t think about anything and I sleep HARD.  When I don’t run? My mind wanders like a 3 year old on an espresso. Also I sleep like a 3 year old on an espresso.

Anyway, about a week ago ultra-runner extraordinaire Ashley Walsh posted a doozy of a question on twitter:



You can replace 100 miles with whatever completely epic adventure that you might want to be involved in.  Climb Mt Everest?  Sleep with Kate Upton?  All qualify as equally epic.

In my run-deprived state, the random question really got me thinking.  I would LOVE to think that regardless of the lack of notoriety that I would have, I would still do something that was incredibly hard.  But, I think I can be honest with myself that not being able to share would make the sacrifices necessary a much greater burden.  I mean, who wouldn’t want the Daily Mile ego stroking that I would get after logging: “Climbed Mt. Everest in 12 days and felt Good. Seriously earth, is this the best you have?!”  or, better yet “Went 2 rounds with Kate Upton in 3 minutes and felt Alright. Meh, I’ve had better

That said, while the work would SEEM harder if there wasn’t an ear to take in all of my glorious splits, I still think that I would run just as hard, just as fast, and just as far. Because honestly? My blog is the only real spot that I talk about my running and I’m not 100% you all are real.

What do you think? Would not being able to tell someone about your Boston qualifying marathon make you train any less hard?  What about training for 100 miles?  For the love of the sport or for the love of the admiration?

31 comments:

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

There's something really satisfying about having private victories.

There's also something to be said for the intangible victories. Some of the hardest physical things I've done don't sound so dramatic or difficult to most people, but I still know what I did, and how awesome it was, and that's enough.



pensive pumpkin said...

I'm with you on this one. I rarely tell anyone I run, and frankly since I don't look like a runner it is unlikely to ever come up. So I think yeah, I would. And the Kate Upton bit, too. ; )

PavementRunner said...

I'm all about sharing accolades. That includes congratulating others on their accomplishments. I remember Ash's questions and my response was: if I was able to run it with someone else, like a good friend, then I would be fine not sharing. It could be our little secret adventure. If I had to do it solo, I COULD keep it quiet, but I don't think I would enjoy it as much. Weird. But sharing the story makes it "more real." Tree falls in the woods kind of thing.

Tricia said...

Could you replace "ran 100 miles" with "did Crossfit"? Obvs not asking for me, but uuuhhh other people. (and we all know the answer)

Char said...

I don't care where the good wine is - I just need to know where you stash your chocolate.

ThePetitePacer said...

But sharing also functions as a way to hold you accountable for promises you try to keep for yourself. There is still an ember that burns brighter inside of me when I run a new PR (before anyone else knows) Sharing just fans the flame.
-Celia

Nelly said...

If I could share the run with at least 1 other person I would do it. Though sharing your successes with others is one thing I love about running.

And Kate Upton is ridiculously hot lol

Gracie said...

I like to blab good news :) But not if nobody cares.

Kate Geisen said...

I do the things I do because I love to do them, so yes. But it would take something away for me if I wasn't able to share it.

Jen said...

Climb Mt. Everest - no.
Sleep with Kate Upton - absolutely!

hahahaha just kidding.

I think I would climb Mt. Everest too.

;)

Sue's Ramblings said...

Yup, will do it. I'm a more quiet type and I hate "publicity".

Liz Hall said...

I don't think I would train less, but it is fun to share. My parents taught me to share. :)

jayloh said...

My initial thought: I've stopped sharing most mileage or pace details, anyway, b/c it makes my mother think I'm insane. So, not talking about a 100-miler would be NBD.
That having been said, epic accomplishments deserve to be shared.
Also, I've been using the Virtual Run Coach and had no idea it was *your* app!! Love it! Now I can attach an actual name & face to the pretend coach I curse, every morning...

Jamoosh said...

I may mention that I run to other people, but I rarely say I run marathons or how many unless they bring it up.

Luis Fernando Oliveira said...

Would I still do it? Yeah, absolutely, sharing it has nothing to do with THE reason(s) to do it in the first place

Does sharing it makes it more fun? It might, up to a point.

Does people facebooking "man, that 150k ride at 5 am today was AWESOME" the most annoying thing ever? Is that a question?

Mark Matthews said...

What a great value-qualifying question. I thought about it for exactly 3 seconds, until I realized the answer was Hellz yeah! In fact, if I had to make a deal with the devil, where I could either be graced with running a 100 mile event and tell nobody, but have to trade in all my marathon times so that an extra 2 hours was added to my permanent record, I'd say 'where do i sign?'

TriMOEngr said...

Totally want to tell people. Does that make me (us) egomaniacs?

Brian said...

Tough question. In the example of the 100-miler, I think not. I'd only run that if I could wear my finisher's shirt every day and change my name to "Captain Hundred-Mile".

I think part of the fun or running is that it gives us something to brag about, even if it's really just swapping stories with other runners.

That said, I think my accomplishments as a runner mean something to me regardless of what people know or don't know about them.

stephrunson said...

I like to think I would, because I run for me and not just so I can talk about it. But the problem is, I LOVE to talk about it, so it would be a big sacrifice. Part of the joy in accomplishing something is that you get to relive it when you tell someone about it.

P1t0 said...

Kate Hudson?..... ONLY if I could tell the world about it!! Hells yeah!

The same goes for any other big accomplishments.... If you can't share it with at least one other person, then why do it? Everyone likes recognition for their accomplishments.

Hilary Schafer said...

I don't think I could do it!! What are the wonders of life if you can't share it with someone else?! I think I would definitely have to think long and hard on it! I think the hardest part would be keeping the secret from those closest to me!

That's my thought!

Betsy Lutz said...

I'm so self conscious I don't normally tell anyone "I ran today," but I might say, "I'm a runner." I'm not sure I would have too tell anyone. Maybe just myself, because I don't think I would believe it.

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

In the far past (more than a year) I would have thought differently, however, for the past year I have pretty much stopped blogging and posting to Daily Mile (due to time constraints) but still continue training and doing ultra marathons. So yes, I still do it, even without the fame. (Not that I was famous, but you know what I mean.)

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

In the far past (more than a year) I would have thought differently, however, for the past year I have pretty much stopped blogging and posting to Daily Mile (due to time constraints) but still continue training and doing ultra marathons. So yes, I still do it, even without the fame. (Not that I was famous, but you know what I mean.)

Heather said...

When my friends post their accomplishments, I feel inspired and motivated. It helps keep me on track for my goals and accomplishments. It's a bummer that people find it annoying. Would I still do it? Maybe. At the end of a race, my friends don't carry me across, but I am accountable to them if I don't finish.

Nicole Orriƫns said...

I suppose for me it wouldn't matter, because I don't participate in races. I just run every day, for the run of it.

Momshomerun

HS Matt said...

This post is hilarious..

You know people ran before the internet and I was one of them. In fact the bulk of my running accomplishments occurred before all this humble-bragging and ego stroking. The only people I care about who know about my current running is my family because I want that example out there.

FWIW- I'm not on dailymile (always seems kind of lame) and I keept my long my runs on a calendar that only I see.

RunningMoose50.com said...

Yeah, definitely. But (despite having a blog) I'm a quiet, personal kind of guy. That being said, I do tell more on my blog than in "real life" to people. Mostly because most friends won't understand.

I like the idea of having things private that others don't know about. Most people at work have no idea I have a social media presence. Most have no idea about my running -and not running because of injuries- nor the upcoming hip surgery-I hope your MRI is better than mine was :(

XLMIC said...

I just do what I do to do it. I really don't care what other people think or know. Hope your calf thing isn't serious like my hip is. Hurting stinks.

Jen said...

I'd run anyway, but running and sharing how much I run or do other workouts has become more about sharing the experience than it used to be. In the beginning, it was just about me. I've got so many cool people in my life now, it makes it totally worth it.

Al's CL Reviews said...

I would do it. I would just write down the stuff in a book or something. I use my posts to help myself in remembering things that I have learned or done.