Thursday, November 13, 2008

old man discusses his favorite websites about running

I'm old school - or maybe just old. I didn't have an e-mail address until I was in college (even then I don't think I used it much), I didn't get a cell phone until I was a year into grad school, I remember playing "pong" - I'm even so old that I remember thinking pong was cool. My first video game system was an Atari 2400 - it was brand new. We didn't have a computer at home until I was in middle school. When I think how completely dependent I am on technology that has been developed since I was 18 - it's a little horrifying.

I click on Letsrun if I want to see what's going on in the running world or just see where "flagpole willy" thinks I should invest my money, I use for the easy to use pace calculator, I pop onto washington running report for the local running calender and results, I head over to USATF running routes if I'm in a new city and want to see where the locals run or want to measure a route, and of course I go to twss to find out the local workout - or see what the latest post is from a growing list of bloggers like myself. Of course I keep all of this surfing to non-work hours only.

One website that's kind of cool and was started by the local running store in my hometown is half2run - it challenges people to run half marathons in half the states. they have a pretty good list of half marathons from all over the country - and a place to keep track of where you've run.

I probably look at Letsrun more than anything - the front page has a pretty good list of world-wide results with commentary from the sites founders wejo & rojo (the johnson brothers). Lost like diamonds in a haystack are some pretty good posts from the message board (Brian Sell once famously said of the Letsrun message board, "if I wanted to know the opinion of a 18:30 5k runner I'd ask my wife") . They've saved the best in the 4th sticky down on the message board - anything by renato canova (Italian coach of many Kenyans), Hadd, or John Kellogg are my favorites. Jack Daniels will sometimes post as "jtupper" - and all runners should know about the "summer of malmo". And there are plenty of characters such as the aforementioned flagpole willy, the 4:30 miler, meyerhoff, etc.

Instead of post-modern - they should call our age "post-boredom".


fbg said...

Since you're a LetsRunner, I thought you might like to know that, my family being from Ohio, I used to hear about Jason Rexing even when I was in elementary school. My uncle (top 15 in state for small schools) is about three years older than Jason, who he raced a few times, and read a lot about. I am always surprised to hear another tale of folklore on the LetsRun boards.

Ben said...

"folklore" is a very good way to put it. there are heroes, villains, fools, wise men etc. it's weird, but entertaining.

THE KRIS said...

easy there, old salt. i'm the old guy around here. if you want that position, you'll have to find a younger group or find a way to age faster.

RM said...

I have never been to LetsRun, and I'm going to keep it that way. I actually think I use the Internet to visit just our blog and the satellite blogs.

And what, Ben, is a "diamond in the haystack"? Is that a new euph-ben-ism? Because if so I'm definitely going to use it. A lot.

Ben said...

kris - don't worry i'm not challenging your position. i think of most of the group as the "skywalker" generation, i'm obi-wan, and you're yoda.

ryan - the "needle in a haystack" didn't work, because - who wants a needle? I know what you're thinking - "an IV drug user"

THE KRIS said...

i always knew that if i lived long enough, i could be the yoda.