Friday, May 27, 2011

So...the laugh's on me Charlotte.

Apparently Charlotte didn't like my little funny post about their pee-pee run...so they changed the image I had linked on my page. Check out Runner's World last month for the pee-pee ad. I'll also take a pic, just so you people don't think I've gone completely crazy.

Oh and yes...it is 11:30 on the eve before my trail racing debut. That's how I roll.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Some things in life, I just don't understand.

Last year as you may know by now, I ran the Thunder Road Marathon. It was a great time, and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the southeast. I thought there was plenty of crowd support as well as entertainment on the course to keep any runner occupied for a few hours. Plus, you really get to see a lot of the Queen City.

So it was with that background that when I happened upon the advertisement for the 2011 running of the Thunder Road Marathon in Runners World, I took notice. Here is the advertisement...

I must have read this about a dozen times trying to figure it out and process exactly what this ad was saying. I know that we as runners can be pretty transparent about the bodily functions that happen to us on a race course, but I must say that not one time did I see any runner urinating on him/herself while running the marathon (maybe the elites?). In the spirit of the advertisement I've come up with a few additional tag lines that Charlotte may want to try out...

  • 26 million Americans suffer with incontinence..run Thunder Road to raise your awareness of this disorder.
  • Charlotte is expecting a drought this summer, so in order to make up the difference in rainfall, please feel free to water any plant life along the marathon route.
  • To save money on race fees, Charlotte has decided not to purchase port-a-potties for the course this year.
  • "How fast are you going to run Thunder Road this year?"  "Depends."
Wocka wocka wocka! I'll be here all week folks!

I actually contacted the fine folks at Thunder Road to inquire about the campaign, and they commented that they were just trying a new angle this year. That's fine, but I'm not sure how the uninitiated marathoner or new runner will receive such an advertisement. Before my first marathon I was worried about NOT peeing myself, (among other things). I hope its taken well....and I also hope that the Queen City doesn't smell like urine on November 13th 2011.

If you've got a creative pee-pee line for Charlotte...lemme hear it!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Inspiration Everywhere

On Tuesday's run I ran a bit of a varied route that took me on a road I had never run before. While on this road I came upon a older gentleman walking to his mailbox to get the paper. He yelled hello (he apparently was a morning person...most of the greetings I get are mumbles at best) he then said something nice about me running. As I passed, I heard him say "I wish I had that much energy."

For some reason that really struck me. I didn't FEEL like I had a lot of energy at that moment. In fact I had just had to have a mental negotiation session with myself just get out of bed. In spite of this, I was sure I knew what he meant. Perhaps he was looking back on a mostly athletic life, and missing it...maybe looking back with regret on a life where he wasted his health. In either case, it gave me an extra boost of inspiration to keep on...to use what God has blessed me with to its fullest, and maybe, just maybe stave off "old age" by a few days.

On Wednesday one of my favorite bloggers, Dan Cathy, posted a very inspirational video blog that I'd like you all to watch. (In case you don't know..Dan Cathy is the President of Chick-fil-A, and also a runner.) This is his "running" story...


If you get nothing else out of this video, just know this, you have something amazing inside of you. YOU CAN DO IT. So many people I meet will say "Oh I could NEVER run a marathon" and I hear myself three years ago in their voice. It is heartbreaking to know that they have this amazing potential to do great things, if they'd simply take small steps to unlock it. It may never be a marathon, but in each of us there is so much potential to do amazing things. That's what my story is...small steps....lonely mornings...and a resolve to never stop. 

Lastly, this weekend the Greenville Track Club set a goal to break a World Record for the fastest 100x5K Relay. They solicited runners who could, on average, achieve a 18:30 5K time. (Note: They did not call me.)

It took an amazing group of dedicated people to solicit 100 athletes, plus alternates/backups, and coordinate each of their times to run for 30 hours straight. Not to mention the timers, officials and support staff to pull off such a goal. I had the opportunity to be there when the race began, and see the great work by our Track Club and the attention to detail they took in order to be eligible for the record.

I can proudly announce that this afternoon they achieved the record, beating the previous record by 55 minutes!

What do all three of these experiences have in common? They prove that you can find inspiration to start or keep running anywhere! Whether it be to make it to the end of the block...make a new race goal, or make a "big hairy audacious goal", know that you can do it. Set the goal and start working towards it today! I'd be happy to join you on your journey.

Where do you find inspiration?