"There's only one hard and fast rule in running: sometimes you have to run one hard and fast."

Monday, February 27, 2012

Extremely Lewd and Incredibly Gross

The title's meaningless; I just got tired of hearing about "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."

I wrote an exit post yesterday, a final wrap-up for the blog, but I'm not quite ready to post it just yet.

I used to be a runner. Now I'm not. It's going to be hard to make that adjustment, especially as few people are as connected to the sport of running as I am. As I look at the blogs of other runners, I know their spouses and kids, their pets and their friends. I know what they do for a living, where they go on vacation, what they like to do when they're not running. I usually know their politics.

Who am I when I'm not running?


Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Who am I when I'm not running?

I think the answer to your question is in the title of this post.

Or wait - that's more me, isn't it?

I don't think there's a minimum weekly mileage requirement to continue writing a running blog. if you don't run that day, write about something else.

But don't quite writing.

Karen said...

I'm sad to hear you're quitting, as I just recently found your blog. Write about anything else!

Ross said...

It is a mistake (though a common one) to identify ourselves by what we do. I'm pretty sure I sleep more than, yet I do not call myself a sleeper.

If you're not running, you are still Steve. If you do give up running, your first (and life long) assignment should be to find out who you are. In the meantime, you can say you are a seeker.

nwgdc said...

Please stay. It doesn't really matter what you're posting about...it's interesting.

Even the gown stuff.

Okay, maybe not the gown stuff, but I'd rather read that than nothing, so just keep going with a post on the Oscars!

wildknits said...

Seconding Ross' comment.

And if you can't run (right now, at the level you are used to) you still have something to say.

Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so!! I've grown to like your non-running posts just as much, you have a unique view on life, and it keeps me coming back for more.

Once you recover you may not be training for 100's, or even the mile, but you will still be out the door for the love of it - running is in your blood...

joyRuN said...

I thought by your title that you were describing one of the Oscar gowns.

Please stay.

pensive pumpkin said...

I am sad to report that I was really excited when I read the post title. Because I thought it was about me.

Keep writing.

Ross said...
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Ross said...

Let me try one more time.

What we do doesn't define us. Instead, what we do is how we express who we are. If you can't run, you don't need to redefine yourself, you just need to find a different way to express yourself.

Such as...I don't know...blogging? Writing? Coaching?

nwgdc said...

10 weeks. An unlikely PR. a 90 minute window to train each day. Let's do it!

PiccolaPineCone said...

unless "a deep hole i stepped in" is a metaphor, this double injury is no reason to quit (running or blogging). seems to me you have come back from real systemic problems... this was just a circumstantial thing. a fluke. an accident. frustrating for sure. requiring time off and recovery for sure. but not indicative of a reason to quit long term.

Anonymous said...

I think you should redefine what it is to be a runner. Maybe what you think you should be doing is holding you back on what you can do.