Thought for the Day

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What's My Story?

Marcus Grimm "tagged" me, which I guess means I am supposed to answer these running questions that someone else had asked him.

Here goes:

1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?

In 1998 I was planning to run my first marathon, the Silicon Valley Marathon on October 25th. I was running an occasional 10K, happy to just be in the pack somewhere, but dreaming of getting faster, remembering I used to be faster.
I wasn't putting in a lot of miles. A couple of 12 mile runs were my longest training runs before the marathon.
I've considered myself a runner since junior high, but for months at a time between the ages of 21 and 39, I was a lapsed runner.
About the middle of 1997 I became more consistent, and I've remained that way since.
My lapses in running are measured in days now, not weeks and months.

2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?

I tend to see "bad" experiences as just experiences. I get disappointed, and I find a way to frame it in my mind so I get over it. It's hard to single out one thing as the most awful experience.
There have been several times that I've run past collapsed runners being treated by EMTs. That's a very disconcerting thing. It puts a cloud over the race for me and makes it hard to simply celebrate the finish.

3. What is your best race experience?

Every year my family gets together for the Big Sur Marathon Relay. It's a wonderful race on a magnificent course. I'm happy to go back there every year with people I love.
If I could name a second choice, and I can because no one is going to stop me, I would mention the Twin Cities Marathon.
At the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, I was selected by Medtronic as a “Global Hero.” They picked about a dozen people whose lives had been improved by medical technology, and sponsored their participation in the race. They also gave me a gear bag stuffed with cool stuff and a big, beautiful trophy.
Twin Cities really is “America's most beautiful urban marathon,” at least as far as I can tell so far.

4. Why do you run?

I like to run. This question is asked way too often.
I just run because I enjoy running. And I race because I enjoy racing, in spite of not being all that good at it.
Running is certainly a healthy hobby, and that is especially important to me as a diabetic. Running may have helped me avoid some of the possible complications of diabetes.
But if you can picture in your mind a child running, laughing, when there is no reason to run, that's the feeling. That's why I run.

5. What is the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given about running?

I was explaining my problems to someone who wanted to help me train to qualify for Boston. I told her that I usually did very well through the first 20 miles then struggled through the last 6.
She volunteered to get me fast enough in the first 20 miles that it wouldn't matter how slow I went after that.
I quickly decided she was not the person to take advice from.

6. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.

That just doesn't sound like a good thing to do on the internet. :-)
How's this:
My tubing is 43 inches long.
Another one:
I usually have a third nipple.

I think that tradition has it that I am supposed to "tag" others, but I'm not going to buy into this pyramid scheme. There may be a tag I want to pass on someday, but this isn't it.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I'm a type II diabetic and an Engineering Manager located in Costa Rica. I lived in Chandler in 97 and I love Arizona. I have lost 40 lb during the last 6 months and I want to run a Marathon someday. You are trully an inspiration and a rolemodel. Do you know a place where I can get some advice for diabetic runners? I'm starting from 0 and I do 40 minutes of excersise on daily basis every single day including saturdays, sundays and holidays..... Thanks for your help,

Mauricio

jpnairn said...

Hi, Mauricio,
Congratulations on your progress in losing weight over the past 6 months. Good work!
Best wishes on your commitment to run a marathon someday.
Thanks for the kudos. I'm happy if I have inspired anyone, in spite of the fact that most of my motivation is entirely selfish.
Concerning where a diabetic runner can find advice and help, here are a couple of ideas.
See Sheri Colberg's blog:
http://blog.shericolberg.com/
There is lots of good info there. You may decide to get one of her books on diabetes and athletics.
You may want to try the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association, DESA. The web site is:
http://www.diabetes-exercise.com/
You should also see Tu Diabetes, an online community for diabetics. There are groups there for diabetics athletes, but also many other diabetic interest groups.
http://tudiabetes.com/
Best wishes,
Jerry