Huh? Total buzz-kill! Doesn't this person realize that you just accomplished something that only .000001% of the population will ever do? Don't they understand how much work it took? I mean, you chicked several dudes on Saturday! Don't they know they're in the presence of athletic greatness? If your friends and co-workers are like mine ... probably not.
That's why I love blogging! A few short months ago I began typing out words of encouragement and sharing successes and struggles in my daily training. I started with two followers. My daughter and my wife ... although it took my wife a little while to join???? But now I'm surrounded by a wonderful support community that really gets what this is all about!
Sure, we all draw strength & motivation from the wonderful words of encouragement we pass from one to another. And we all laugh at "fake" interviews Michael and I conduct (well, I laughed at mine anyway - hers was based a little too much in reality!!!) But more than that, I love the fact that whether fast or slow, old or young, competitive or just out for a fun run ...
We all speak the same language!
It's not just that we use the same vocabulary like ITBand, Yasso 800, VO2max, and Fartlek. But rather when someone details a 20 mile training run ... we know first hand that's a long friggin' way! And if another just misses their goal because they hit the wall ... we feel their disappointment because we've been there! And if yet another celebrates a PR, we share in their excitement because we get just exactly how much hard work & dedictation it demanded!
So I guess this is my way of saying thanks! Thanks for all the awesome support I've received since I started blogging! Thanks for all of your wonderful suggestions ... I've benefited from many of them! And thanks for sharing in this journey that as athletes we're all on ... it's made a huge impact on my quest for 50 after 40!
... be great today!