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May 20, 2005



According to your assessment of the article; "Rome wasn't built in a day," and the instant 'wanna be' athlete is trying to get in shape overnight.__ I can see your logic here, but aren't you being a little overly critical. You have to give a little credit for honest effort.__Gosh, you are really tough!


Then again, maybe I'm just envious. Between my obligations at home, my teaching, my volunteer work, my blogging, our new chinchilla rescue charity, and so on, I'm not willing to put in the time to train for one of the really long events. Most of the folks in my running group have families, and they are not willing to sacrifice time with their kids for private glory. At this stage in my life, my plate is too full -- and I'm just not willing to sacrifice other aspects of my life in order to complete one of the truly long events. For now, 26.2 will have to be a sufficient distance. But yes, I do fantasize about the "big ones", and perhaps, perhaps, I'll turn my attention towards them someday soon,


I understand what you're saying here, all too well. There is something addictive about each of the different things we each are doing in our lives. But there is that other attraction, that addiction that calls to us. Mine isn't running. For me, running became painful when I was playing high school basketball and had to take prescription pain meds to make it through 3 hours of practice without bursting into tears. So running is more painful than addictive. I have other pursuits, usually rescuing. Having an addictive personality doesn't help matters.

Kudos to you for being so self-aware. IME, that can help you weigh the balance of which activities to include in your life, and to what percentage. Keep it up.

Deborah White

Interesting.....this is my first visit here.


Karla, I've just noticed that you post from the same computer (based on IP address) as the following: Mat, Laurel, Carmen, Teri, Mercy, Coco, Brittany, Nancy, Marie, and JJB.

I re-read some of these comments and you all have the same style. Is there a pack of you living together and using the same computer? Or is it one person assuming multiple identities? Typepad, like most blogs, allows me to know your IP address.

Post as you will, but please do try and keep the same identity.



hmmm... I did a less extreme version of that once, up and decided to run a marathon, after being a pretty on-and-off runner. I guess part of it was that I was depressed and unhappy with my job, thinking of applying to graduate school but had no confidence about my abilities. So maybe I had something to prove, and in that respect it _was_ a little narcissistic. I ended up doing Team-in-Training, which, like the coach described in the article, caters to novices. But there are also plenty of people in that program that participate over and over, plenty of people who are habitual runners. In the end, no matter what reason you had for starting it, such programs end up really being about the community. Narcissism won't get you up for 5am runs; you get up because you don't want to keep your carpool waiting. I'm still friends with some of my running buddies from there, even though I've moved and can't run with them anymore.

Actually, my first thought about these first time athletes was "wow... sounds like a good way to get injured."


Oh, and on reading the article more thoroughly... apparently marathons are for wusses anyway. :)
And I suppose an online coaching routine may not be so much in the way of community.


You forgot Cairo, Paz, Betty, Laurel, etc...Yup, you might call us a pack of sorority sisters in a way.

Don't worry, we know we are no longer welcome. We will move on to another blog.


So what things in life don't need to be about community and connecting to others? We all need to spend time alone, connecting to ourselves (and/or deity/ies, as applicable). Obviously training for extreme endurance events is way more alone time than most people need, but as an unusually introverted person myself, I'm not comfortable judging another's balance.

Why the requirement that "successful" training be something that becomes a permanent part of one's life?


Yami, note my last paragraph... I'm quite clear that this might be envy on my part!


Ah, but I'm curious about the implicit "might not be" :)


After reading this article I realize that I was right, you are the reincarnation of Trotsky!


Uh oh. If my students think I'm starting to look like Trotsky, it's time to shave the goatee.

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