Posted by scott on September 16, 2009
I’m sorry to say that an otherwise great time at Lutsen ended on a sour note right as we were leaving, when my wife encountered a runner with a Primadonna attitude. The runner was complaining about the poor course markings going to the finish area where it dips down behind the condos. She was complaining that they should have had someone posted there directing runners. She instead ran past all that and continued down the road in front of the condos before she realized her mistake and turned around. My wife commented sympathetically that she saw that happen when she was looking for our kids in the dark down the road the other direction. “Why didn’t you SAY something??!!” the runner barked, “I was wearing a headlamp, what did you THINK I was doing??!!” she barked again. Of course I didn’t hear all of this until later, or I would have offered my thoughts at the time.
I can’t stand this weird sense of entitlement that many runners have, thinking that everyone in sight is required to give them any and all assistance they possibly need, now. Guess what: no one else cares about your race as much as you do. You make the mistakes, you live with them. People help you when they are able and willing, and you thank them. It’s pretty simple. Of all places on Earth, this is especially true at at ultramarathon on the Superior Hiking Trail. Have you seen the course ratings in Ultrarunning magazine?
I could have been more sympathetic to the runner had this exchange happened the night of the race. I was as beat as anyone at the finish, and your mind gets mushy when you are exhausted and finishing in the dark. You just want to be DONE. But this was the next morning, and by then I would expect people to cool down and see the bigger picture. This is the one thing that really bugs me about the running world, as this sense of weird entitlement is just too prevalent for my liking. I haven’t encountered this nearly as much in the ultra world, I thought I had left this behind at road races. Fortunately, the vast majority of the regulars I have encountered don’t seem to have this attitude.
And finally, for the record, I thought the course was superbly marked right up to the finish. Good job Don and Bonnie! The flags jump out at you in the dark with a headlamp. And no, I don’t think they needed to have anyone posted there to point to the several flags marking the turn. I went off course at the finish in the Spring race, because rather than remember the pre-race instructions I clearly heard, I followed the path that I was convinced the course would follow. I’m guessing this runner did something similar. It’s an innocent mistake, it happens, you fix it and move on.
On a lighter note, we stopped on the way home for a fantastic lunch at the Lemon Wolf Cafe in Beaver Bay and then Betty’s Pies for dessert. So we still ended the weekend on a good note.
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Posted by scott on February 9, 2009
Medtronic is currently seeking candidates for our Global Heroes program for the Twin Cities Marathon and 10 Mile races. If you are a runner with diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain or a spinal or a neurological disorder you should take a look. There are program guidelines to review on the site (if you are aware of some controversy over the guidelines last year, that has been corrected).
Benefits are a paid entry into one of those 2 races, covered travel expenses for yourself and guest, a $1000 donation to a nonprofit patient organization that educates and supports people with your condition, and an incredibly memorable experience with a group of runners from around the world. Last year the team captain was Alberto Salazar – a unique experience to be able to train with a great like that.
If you fit the bill and are interested, I can submit a recommendation if you contact me.
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Posted by scott on February 3, 2009
When I threw out the challenge, it was just a wild last minute idea and who knew what was going to happen? To be realistic, a lot of folks were just making us wait and got their donations in at the last minute, or handed us checks the day of the Walk. But I’m going to choose to believe that the FiveFingers challenge had something to do with us making our goal. In fact, we didn’t just make our goal of raising $3000 to help find a cure for diabetes, we smashed it!
Our Walk team raised a total of $3801 this year, which is so exciting. I have no solid data to back this up, but ‘m going to credit Mike Hugo with heeding the VFF challenge call and getting in a very generous donation to tip us over the $3000 mark. Thanks Mike! And thanks to so many other generous friends and family members.
So I kept my part of the bargain and slipped into the ‘Fingers at the Mall for the Walk:
I’m sure embarassing our large group of friends:
I saw a few odd looks, and got a couple comments. Kids were especially interested in them – maybe their parents will let them stay barefoot longer!
Thanks again everyone, hopefully we will beat this yet.
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Posted by scott on January 23, 2009
With less than 24 hours until the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes this year, I want to make one final fundraising push. We are amazingly close to our fundraising goal, with less than $500 to go:
If we can close the gap, I will take up the challenge issue by my friend Terry and I will do the Walk in my Vibram FiveFingers:
It’s a bit bizarre as they are not exactly Mall footwear, and not exactly January-in-Minnesota footwear. Yes, I will spend a lot of the time explaining them to people and putting up with odd looks, but that’s part of the fun.
So bug your friends and family, and support my Vibram challenge!
Cross posted at: http://scottmark.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/final-push-for-diabetes-fundraising-and-the-vibram-fivefingers-challenge/
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Posted by scott on January 14, 2009
Our kids helped us put together a YouTube video about our life with diabetes, so please take 6 minutes from your day to watch.
If you want to support us, please check out our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page.
Also posted at http://scottmark.wordpress.com/2009/01/14/24-hours-of-diabetes/.
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Posted by scott on January 5, 2009
We are participating again in the Walk to Cure Diabetes coming up in a few weeks.
We are hoping to put together another special message to support our fundraising this year – stay tuned for that. But in the meantime, check out our slideshow from last year to help understand how we feel about diabetes. As our boys like to say “it sucks” – we need to get rid of it.
Please visit our fundraising page if you are interested in support us!
(also posted at http://scottmark.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/fundraising-to-cure-diabetes/)
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