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After a four month hiatus, I present you with volume 4 of “Internetersting”! Because I didn’t want to call it “Five Things Friday” like everyone else (plus, today is Thursday), here’s a quick post full of Interesting – Internet things we’ve been talking about over here. (We, as in, me and the cats. Great listeners, horrible conversation contributors. The perks of working from home…) No sponsored content, no ulterior motives, just things I felt like sharing.
1) I forgot to tell this little blog here “Happy Anniversary”. The very first post, on what was then “Run Faster, Mommy!” was written on March 10, 2009. Six years ago. Had I known back then what I know today about the blogging world, I probably would have done things very differently right from the start. Maybe I’d be running the Run Faster, Mommy! empire today. Alas, as some philosopher, or at least Pinterest motivational pin designer surely said, there is no such thing as regrets, only lessons learned, and I am full of lessons learned when it comes to blogging.
But I wouldn’t change a thing.
Six years later I’m still thankful for (and amazed at) all of the wonderful opportunities that have come my way thanks to this blog. So, happy anniversary, outlet for my ramblings. Here’s to many more years to come. Maybe one day I’ll be reviewing the best adhesive for holding up my dentures during a 48 hour ultra Hoveround senior scooter race.
2) My friend Matt (of ORM) has come up with some kind of crazy race with very little details, and while no one knows exactly what they are getting into, he wants it to be shared with the world. Here’s what I’ve got so far: it’s going to be held on July 19th in Atlanta Georgia. It’s a 22 mile race around the city, but there is an 11 mile, 2 person relay option. I think the concept is somewhat orienteering based, in which the course will not be marked, but you will be given “clues” that will act as directions. According to the registration website:
- You will make history at this inaugural event.
- You will see Atlanta in a way few ever have.
- You will push your body and mind
- You will laugh out loud
- You will make friends
- You will receive a one of a kind finisher token of blingness (Sorry Shawn, I know you hate that word. Blame Matt.)
- You will leave wanting to tell others of your epic adventure
These details could be said for any race. There is however, a helpful video on the facebook group page where race director Matt warns you to watch out for trains because they do cross the course, and he doesn’t want any of his participants to die. Thanks Matt! Registration is under $30, so if you are up for a mystery adventure, come join us. Yes, us. The fact that I still can’t figure out what is going on, despite numerous attempts to make Matt explain this race to me in full detail (to no avail), is enough to make me want to give it a try.
3) I read two very interesting pieces, coincidentally on the same day, that really hit home. The first of them was by my friend Margaret of Dirt in Your Skirt. In “The Dark Side of OCR – When Hobby Turns Obsession” Margaret tackles the ever so sensitive topic, yet increasing problem, of athletes becoming addicted to their sport. While Margaret talks specifically about obstacle racing, this post could be about any sport; running, triathlon, even simply spending time in the gym. Indeed, this is not the first time the topic has been broached. Google “Triathlon Divorce Rates” and you’ll be shocked at how many articles you can find. Endurance sports can indeed become addictive, and the desire to train all of the time, or the FOMO (fear of missing out) can be a real struggle. Albeit a first world problem, but a struggle none the less that often tear relationships apart.
4) The second piece relating to the same topic, is “Achieving the Mission Impossible“, published on TrailRunnerMag.com, describes how author Garett Graubins trained for the Hardrock 100 while balancing a full time job and maintaining a strong relationship with his family. In other words, as the title says training in “real life”. The issue at hand in both Margaret’s article and Garrett’s piece both boil down to the same thing: finding that elusive family-work-training balance. While I have seen (and experienced personally) people go overboard with racing, I’ve seen others completely give up a sport, something they love dearly, because it causes tension among their loved ones. I find both instances to be unhealthy. While Garret’s article isn’t necessarily realistic for many (it’s unlikely that many would survive an incredibly hard 100 mile ultra on only 45 miles of training per week) it is a fantastic example that proves racing, specifically longer distances, and work/family balance can be acheived.
5) Lastly, we have things like this, which in opinion, contribute to the issue we have in bullet point #3 above. Videos like this make me want to drop everything, let my wanderlust take over, and run the world….
Thanks for checking out another edition of “Interneteresting”. The most exciting thing about these posts is you never know when the next one will strike…