I got an email the other day from a new reader, David. He found my blog through a link on Gary Cohen’s website (writer, interviewer, runner, coach). He said,
“Your site was not quite what I expected and at first seemed oh-so strange, especially that pic of you posing in the swim-gear! But, I kept poking around and reading more and finally came to the conclusion you are quite an interesting person and that the stories are quite humorous and even enlightening at times. Seems like you would be a "fun" person to know, and probably a blast to run and train with! Not sure if this SUAR site is a "chic" or "running mom" thing or what, but I am a a 57-year old marathoning guy, not your average male runner as such, but with long, pony-tailed hair, more like left-overs from the late 60's. In fact, I posted a pic of myself on Facebook hauling-ass down the last stretch of Oak-Brook Half Marathon and someone posted a comment, "Looks like Willie Nelson running away from the IRS!"
This is what occurred to me:
If you are visiting my blog for the first time, I can only imagine what you must think. Pussy posse. Me wearing white undies in a bathing suit. Recipes for shart brownies and erections (no, not recipes for erections, but just talk of them). Peeing standing up. It’s a wonder new readers don’t start hauling ass in the opposite direction. Maybe they are drawn in much like one gets sucked into watching a car accident or the Real Housewives.
I am thrilled, honored that a 57 year old pony-tailed runner from Chicago would find something he liked here at SUAR. If you’ve been reading for a while you know for sure that SUAR is NOT a chic or running mom site. Yes, I’m very chic (see picture in right hand corner of blog) and I am a mom who runs, but I don’t speak of play dates or changing diapers (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Here’s my bottom line:
- I love to run, but I will do other things if I have to
- I’m determined and stubborn
- I believe that confidence is everything
- I know that laughing at yourself is the best medicine
- I’m sure most people aren’t living up to their potential. I’m just getting started.
So, if you’re new here and feeling uneasy, I don’t blame you. But, try sticking around and see what happens. You too may be craping in trees, overflowing toilets, falling off treadmills and eating shart brownies for breakfast before too long. It’s what all the cool kids do.
Am I really that weird? You’re laughing with me, not at me, right?
Going to buy some Willie Nelson from iTunes,
PS: Bought my Boston plane tickets. Happy?