Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Well. I left a comment on Dean Karnazes' blog about how great it was to talk with him, and how I decided that if this campground customer could run 20-30 miles a day after just doing 50 marathons in 50 days, certainly I could go out and run for half an hour 2 weeks after an Ironman. And that I ran faster than usual because I was thinking about this daily-ultra-runner I'd talked to. And how excited I was later in the day when I discovered who he was. How I'd been on the web all evening learning all about him and feeling high.

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Mine didn't get in.

Nor did I get a mention in his descriptions of people he'd met that day.

When he asked if I was a runner, and I showed him my IMFL mug, and he said, "Great! Congratulations!" he was probably thinking,

"Oh, you did an Ironman. How cute."

He probably was thinking, some woman goes through the motions of being a runner, and calls herself an Ironman, and doesn't know who I am???

Really, I didn't know. I don't surf running websites, I don't do forums or chatrooms, I only read an occasional couple fitness/athletic magazines other than Triathlete, I don't read running books. The magazines and books haven't changed much over the last 20 years, and I don't pay much attention to them anymore. I just do it.

I'd have known Jeff Galloway. Or Frank Shorter. Or Bill Rodgers. Or Ingrid Kristiansen. Or Joan Benoit Samuelson. Or Grete Waitz. Runners who were in the news when I was into the news.

I'd have known Lance Armstrong.

I'd have recognized the names of Tim or Nicole DeBoom, Natascha Baddman, Heather Fuhr, Lisa Bentley, Laurie Bowden. I'd have known Andrea Fisher by sight, since she was my neighbor for the week in the campground at IMFL.

This man.... somehow he just slipped through the cracks.

Like I told Nancy.... the Lord must have been so appalled that I hadn't heard of or read about Dean Karnazes, He just had to send him to me in person. And then get my friends to tell me who he was.

At least I noticed his thighs.

Back to my safe place under my rock.

Update: 21stCenturyMom has commented that I am, indeed, there in his comment section. I'm finding what I wrote in this blog but not the one she quoted (correctly!) from Dean's Run Home.

Why should this whole thing even matter to me? I have my friends. Why do I need feedback from some celebrity who never heard of me and whom I'll never meet again?


21st Century Mom said...

I doubt that Dean has anything to do with what ends up on the site - he's out running across the country!

Don't take it personally and please, come on out from under that rock!

21st Century Mom said...

ps - your comment IS there. Here is an excerpt just to prove it:

"Dean! You stayed in Winchester, VA, at Candy Hill Campground where I work! We talked about running and your accomplishments (and a couple of mine...I can go out for half an hour 2 weeks after an Ironman. I ran faster than usual. You did it for me! -- Ellie"

Geek Girl said...

He does have marvelous thighs, doesn't he. Most people might not know who he is unless they are into serious running or ultra running. If you get a chance, check out his book. it's a good read.

bunnygirl said...

Yep, you're in there now! Good things come to those who wait! :-)

runr53 said...

But she sure is a nice "old" lady! Run Good!

21st Century Mom said...

Actually it was me who quoted you but who's keeping track! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Sean who? :D

Important thing here is that you went out running and you ran FAST. Great job!

Ellie said...

21stCenturyMom -- I fixed it! Thanks,and sorry for the goof :-)

Cliff said...

oh who's Dean Karnazes?...seriously i don't know either :)

Kurt in Boston said...

Ellie -- that's just hilarious!

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Ya know, I don't always recognize famous people and aside from all that fame, they really are just people. Heck I'm not famous and I get recognized by complete strangers all the

Pink has branded If it bothers him that you didn't know who he was, that's his problem, not yours.

Curly Su said...

just catching up with your blog--thats a really funny story--im glad he put your comment in!