Friday, April 22, 2011

Reflections

First off, thank you for reading and caring about my Boston experience. I KNOW you must be sick of my hip injury and talk of Boston by now, so thanks for sticking with me on the journey. As one commenter so eloquently said:

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Jeez. Can you just give me a minute?

Before we completely move on, one more thing. Just one more freaking thing! Sorry, anonymous. You might need to go take a dump or something to avoid reading this.

Leslie Rubinkowski of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed me post-Boston to get some impressions and reflections on the race. You might remember that Leslie interviewed me a couple of months ago, when I was still unsure about Boston. She is running her first marathon in Pittsburgh on May 15, and has been doing a blogging column regarding her training. She is such a talented writer and it’s a great and inspiring read for sure.

You can read her interview with me HERE. I thought she had some insightful questions and it gave me a chance to process the race, including my lesbian experience and how I got naked at mile 22.

Off to Whole Foods for almond croissants,

SUAR

32 comments:

  1. Damn, that's cold! I for one am happy to continue to hear about it, for my own selfish reasons. :)

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  2. You completed the Boston Marathon after months of dealing with a hip injury that prevented you from running at all. Move on? Are you kidding me? Move on when YOU feel like it. Maybe Anonymous should move on.

    Interesting how all of the commenters who don't have anything particularly nice or helpful to say all have the same name - Anonymous. (Sorry, that was my feeble attempt at humour).

    You finished a marathon (Boston no less) in a time that I would be REALLY excited to even come near to for my first marathon (coming in October incidentally). And, you didn't poop your pants! :-) Congratulations!

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  3. You weren't actually naked... just bottomless ;-)

    Why should you move on? Milk it for all it's worth, SUAR. Bask in the glow of coming off a serious hip injury to run Boston in a wee bit over 4 hours. You are incredible and inspirational. Maybe 'anonymous' should move on... lol. (hahahaha... i wrote this and THEN read the other comments... so I'm super redundant :P)

    Off to read that interview :)

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  4. I still well up when I read your post Boston posts..I know I'm not ready for you to move on just yet. I have been following you since your hip fracture. LOVE your blog. I ran my first Marathon last fall and BQ'd. Can't wait to run Boston next year. Keep the inspiration coming.

    Laura

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  5. Wow the took some big BALLS to write that, no wonder they are anonymous

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  6. bahahahaha. stupid anonymous.

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  7. You inspired me to try to qualify for Boston someday. Probably not someday soon.... but someday. I have enjoyed following you on your journey.

    I imagine that "anonymous" is not a runner because if they were they would understand how mentally exhausting and draining an injury can be. Especially an injury that you have gone through. I have only been running for about a year now and I can't imagine going through what you have gone through SUAR and I hope I never have too.

    Ignore the heartless comments and as others before me have said MILK IT FOR ALL ITS WORTH! Your true followers are enjoying your posts.

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  8. Dude, milk it. To hell with anyone else.

    That said, you aren't going to stop your blog now, are you? Cause that would suck mammoth donkey balls.

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  9. I read your interview. I don't understand why you think you can not BQ again. You qualified after only 20 months of running! You can do it again, and with age you can get even better, and time required is less demanding.
    However, I also do not understand why people want to qualify and run. It is expensive, and simply a running industry. There are so many other more pleasant setting to run... at least for me.

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  10. Thanks for keeping me entertained...with ALL your stories. That is the purpose of this blog, Anonymous can go read something else.

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  11. If 'anonymous' doesn't like your posts, they should just not read, no reason to comment like that. Your insight of working through such an injury, both mentally and physically, has been quite poignant for me. Keep up the writing just as it is!! BTW: I bet there is another BQ in your future... don't count it out... :)

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  12. last time I check this was Beth's blog not anonymus blog..WTH? that makes me a little PO actually...nobody is forcing anyone to read our blog. no happy unfollow? right?...well not me...
    you can write about boston and hips all you want dear. ok that is all. going to read the interview and then run a 3 miler
    bonne journee madame

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  13. I love hearing about your recovery and persistence to heal. I wish I could have read your posts 8 years ago when I was battling severe pain in my heel and shin. I gave up running for almost 6 years because all the doctors could tell me was "don't run and take naproxen sodium.". I wish I was more persistent with a cause and cure for the pain then. Because of you I know there are options for treatment and hope for recovery. Thank you!!

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  14. Yes, shame on you for talking about the things that concern YOU on YOUR blog. Silly on your part, really! *facepalm*

    "Anonymous" needs to remember that your blog is not on the "Required Reading" list. If "Anonymous" doesn't like reading certain things on your blog, they are welcome to NOT read it.

    #TheMoreYouKnow

    PS - I am having hip pain (don't think it's a stress fracture but it bloody well hurts!) and also want to run a marathon some day, so this has been an interesting, informative, and hilarious (you and your posse people) read! Thanks and congrats on facing the Big Kahuna! :)

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  15. It's your journey, those that don't want to hear about it can simply tune out.

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  16. Seriously anonymous?? WHATEVER!! You had a major injury and have worked hard to get to the point you are now. I think I can say that your true followers don't mind you talking about your hip at all!!

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  17. I wonder if anonymous has never had a serious running injury...I don't think so! The rest of of that have really appreciate your insight and humor about your wonky hip! It lets us know we aren't the only ones who obsess about running...are devastated when our goals suddenly seem unattainable...etc. Your blog proves that you can come back from these injuries and have some laughs, tears and craps along the way!

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  18. Ooops! that should have said "ever" instead of "never". And "rest of us"... Maybe I should try that proof reading thing my teachers used to talk about.

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  19. It is YOUR blog! Congrats on Boston.

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  20. If Anonymous doesn't like reading about YOU and YOUR thoughts, pains, trials and tribulations, then he/she should not spend time on YOUR blog. DUH!

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  21. Anonymous can stuff it. Your hip fracture is a big deal, overcoming it to run The Boston was a bigger deal. Keep talking/writing about it, baby!

    Great interview! Like childbirth... while I can't relate, somehow I know that is true!

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  22. hahaha, I love that summary of the race. Running 26.2 miles, having a lesbian experience and getting naked all in just over four hours? Awesome :)

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  23. You know, it's your blog and you can write about whatever you like. Contrary to what anonymous says, I'm sure most of us are real appreciative of the advice you gave on how you dealt with and still managed to train for Boston, with a stress fracture. It may happen to one of us some day, and it helps knowing what to do and not to do from someone who's been there.

    Loved the interview, and loved that porta-potty story!

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  24. That was a great article! I enjoyed reading it, especially given it's perspective coming from a new runner (which I still consider myself). Ditto re: above comments on the "anonymous." What-evs.

    You rock!

    S

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  25. Talk about what you want. It's your own frickin' blog.
    Plus, how many of us said "Way to go! Love your stories/love you/love the fact that someone walked in on you" ?
    Ignore the ignorant and embrace the love.
    Amen. Peace out.
    Congrats again.

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  26. Sorry about your hip :( Going to read that interview now!

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  27. I actually like hearing about your hip...makes me feel like I'm not the only one plus it gives me hope that I'll be running soon considering you were able to run the MARATHON!!!

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  28. WOW you are really full of yourself...sorry but...that was mean of you to single that post out like that; I know exactly what that writer meant - lots of runners get stress fractures and qualify for Boston but they move on and hopefully do things like raise money for charity running or post blogs that are full of injury tips from different runners so someone else might pick up a nugget... all of the toilet humor and narcissisim is getting old...:(

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  29. As always, it's your blog and you may discuss hip injuries as long as you like. You've earned it.

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  30. What some people forget is there is this concept called "not bothering to read something you don't like to read"
    I had a discussion about "anonymous" people with a coworker of mine after a woman screamed at me to get out of the road while running in order for her to continue to go over the speed limit. I was the asshole holding her back....
    People feel more comfortable expressing themselves when you don't know them or can't identify them. They feel in their daily un-anonymous lives they constantly have to keep their traps shut and then some sort of opportunity like a blog or a drive by presents itself and all that pent up anger comes out.
    Seriously, if you don't want to read it, why do you bother? It is as simple as clicking that X or going to a different page.... yet "anonymouses" still feel the need to open their traps.... No one wants to read what you say either... negative nancies...

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  31. ya, the haters are always anonymous. Forget them. I love hearing about your recovery. Injury is part of this sport. It happens! You just keep on keeping on! Love your blog : )

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  32. Shit! It's your blog. So you can talk about all the crap and injuries you want.
    I'll read it! :)

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