As I last posted, I ran the SF marathon on Sunday. I had a blog post on it and also posted to facebook. A friend of a family member who is a "friend" of mine on facebook (but otherwise do not know real well) posted the following either later that day or early the next day:
Not only did he post it, but then changed it as his main picture. Maybe because I just ran a marathon, I found this annoying.
I would never compare running a marathon to an ironman. Heck - the marathon is after you swim and biked a crazy distance. I know that I could not come close right now to doing an ironman.
I think people should be very proud of their accomplishments, but I don't understand the need to say "Oh, you ran a marathon? That's cute". That just seems arrogant to me. I hope I would not tell someone that just ran their first half "Oh, you ran a half? That's cute" and then put a 26.2 sign up.
I do hope to do an ironman one day. It is on my list along with doing an ultra. It is not in my current plan because (i) have more than a full time job (more than 50 hours per week), (ii) I'm an adjunct professor (one class each semester) and (iii) I have a young daughter who I want to spend time with on my free time. Thus, no time for the training. A sign like this does light a fire in me and makes me want to do it . . . but I think I prefer a 50 mile run first.
Anyone else find this a bit irritating or annoying? I do understand that some/most/all of us marathoners can be a bit irritating to people that do not run marathons.
Maybe, I need to do an ironman so that I can understand the need to post this after someone just ran a marathon. If I ever end up doing an ironman, will I also now have disdain for marathon runners?