Sunday, October 9, 2011

I'm Only Going To Address These Types Of Comments ONCE

It makes me sad to have to write this posting



Honestly?
Was this meant to be supportive?
Encouraging?
Where in life is it ever okay to kick someone when they are down?

To Mr or Mrs Anonymous this is what I have to tell you...

I am not a professional runner. I am a normal gal that thinks life is best lived through big dreams. 
HUGE DREAMS. 

Today my marathon was far from perfect, but when things took a major turn for worse I still pressed on. Mentally I was on it today, but physically A LOT of problems arose which I have never dealt with in the past. It was nearly impossible for my mind to overpower a body that was not working properly.

This does not make me someone who gives up and waves a white flag of surrender when things get tough. It is just simply how things go sometimes because the desires of our heart do not always match up with God's plan, and I am a-okay with that BECAUSE I AM NOT PERFECT. I fail, I fall down, I screw up, and sometimes it takes longer for me to achieve my goals then I want.

The best part of racing for me isn't always the finishing time, you may know this if you read my last posting carefully. PR's are great and feeling like you are of fire during a race is truly a special experience, but if you are a runner yourself you should know that these days do not come frequently. I think that I have had my share of great races this year, and I treasure all of those memories dearly. One race CAN NOT WILL NOT DEFINE MY CHARACTER AND  MY ABILITIES.

So I'm sorry if my race didn't fit into your picture perfect scenario, but life rarely does friend. There will always be another race, another opportunity, and someone like you who finds it difficult to be respectful of anothers situation.

If you are truly interested in the painful madness I endured this morning and would like to identify yourself and actually engage in an adult exchange of information, then I would encourage and welcome you to visit my contact me page and send me an email. The anonymity of your comment is silly and if you really would like to know what happened today I will gladly and kindly share.

Final and most important point...
while this blog is posting for anyone to read, it is not a place for negative energy. This is a positive place to share and connect. If you do not like this rule, then do not read this blog.

the end.

39 comments:

  1. ANONYMOUS seems to be making his/her rounds. Seriously, WHO does this....who feels GOOD about themselves when they do shit like this. There are IP tracers out there. Anonymous may find themselves in some trouble shortly.... Proud of you today Britt!! Damn right one race doesn't define your abilities. In your own time you can further expand here but in the meantime, I think you're an AMAZING runner and a blessing to many and a tough cookie and my thoughts were with you all morning. Congrats on another marathon and a PR at that!

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  2. Whoever this anonymous person is....I basically have no words. I'm absolutely speechless and feel so sorry for you. That comment and the negativity is NEVER ok...NEVER. You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself. Britt is an AWESOME runner and she has INSPIRED me so many times since I started reading her blog this summer. Her encouragement helped me run my half marathon in August. No matter what happened today, Britt is still amazing...yup, you read that correctly...there's no "yikes" in there....just AMAZING. Somehow I doubt your mother would be proud of your comment and you shouldn't be either.

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  3. That is so sad. I dont understand how someone can be so cruel to people regardless if they know them or not. Jealousy? Hatred of themselves? There is no good reason for something like that comment.

    You are so inspiring, strong and a joy to read.

    Congrats on your PR in less than ideal conditions :)

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  4. Britt, I am so sorry your race did not turn out the way you had hoped it would. That anonymous comment is brutal, and I truly cannot understand people who somehow take pleasure in bringing others down - especially when they're already disappointed or discouraged. I'm not sure what you experienced today, but I do know that every time you finish 26.2 miles, that is a huge accomplishment regardless of your time, and it is clear from your training and your other races that you are a talented, hard-working runner. You will get that race you want, and it will be even sweeter when it comes. The last half marathon I ran in September absolutely fell apart after 2 good spring races and a full summer of training- I dropped out at mile 10, went home and bawled my eyes out. One of my favorite quotes is this one by Mary Ann Radmacher-- "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, 'I will try again tomorrow.' " Keep your chin up, girl! I have so much respect for you!

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  5. What an asshat!!

    I'm pretty sure you could run me under a table - even on your worst day! So be proud of your accomplishments. There are so many people who are!!

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  6. Gross... I just don't event have a response. I know mean comments are part of the blogging territory, but that doesn't make them sting any less. Ugh, I hate to hear that you had physical issues, but u still PR'd which makes you ROCK that u still did that having a tough race! Mental tests are sometimes what you are running for... Look how much you've accomplished!! You worked hard to train the mental this year, be proud!

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  7. What a jerk! Despite how today turned out I still think you are an inspiring super fast runner!! I hope you don't let the comment get you down, you are SO great!! :)

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  8. Britt! i have been thinking about you girls that ran in Chicago all day waiting for an update. You are so right, one race does not define you as a person or as a runner. Things go wrong, we get hurt, the timing is bad etc. You will come back and have an amazing race. I love it when people comment anonymously because they lack the balls to do it with their own name, I think that says enough right there. You are amazing! You finished, you pressed on and I am proud of you no matter what.

    Hugs

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  9. whoa whoa whoa, hold the PHONE! Did I miss something? Did you recap your race!? I feel sick not knowing what happened......I'm not sure what Anonymous is referring to. If you finished, you are amazing. If you PR'd you are amazing. You have a blog that hundreds love to read, and it has been extremely enjoyable to read about your training.

    I want to hear about the race!!!!!!!! will there be a recap?? who cares about anonymous, I care about your race! And I am very hopeful your body is OK even though this post hinted that something went wrong

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  10. Proud of you today Britt. I can relate so very deeply with some of the feelings and emotions you might be having right now. I've been thinking of you all day. You're right, this one race doesn't even begin to define you. We all know what you are capable of. Love to you as you process and live with your race residue over the next few days...such a process. Such a real thing that we have to go through whether we have a stellar race or a race that leaves us feeling beat....people who have never trained for a marathon or put so much of themselves into something like this...just. don't. get. it. I hope you feel this huge virtual hug from Oregon Britt!!!

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  11. Obviously anonymous is insecure with themselves and feels the need to make themselves feel better by harassing others. I comment you for running another marathon and for all your hard work and dedication. You rocked it in my eyes and would love to run as fast as you. Congrats!

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  12. Wow anonymous is making her rounds. Probably the same pathetic person commenting on mine. Don't let her get to you britt. Someone who likes to try to make others feel badly about themselves is a sick person and I feel sorry for them. Today was a tough race and you didn't quit. Despite severe pain and harsh weather! What does this say about you? It says that finishing that race was so much more to you than numbers, it days you are strong and determined. It says you are brave and courageous. You are amazing and we live you. Anonymous, you need to seriously get a life!

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  13. I'm sorry that your race didn't turn out as well in terms of the numeric end time. I'm sure you put it all out there. It was hot out today!

    It's hard to navigate the emotion/intention behind communications, especially in an electronic format. Maybe they meant to be supportive, and the words put with the context of today's race, stung more than the person had intended. Unfortunately it's hard to know, and it did touch you in the way it did, and I hope that we can all help to develop a more supportive community of blogger-runners! Stay strong!

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  14. Okay sorry for the typos. Auto correct on my phone. Grrr

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  15. So I am guessing anonymous was not out there running today. Some people truly need to get a life! You are amazing & very inspirational to all the rest of us "non-professional" runners. I would love to organize a race with you vs. anonymous so you could kick their butt. :) Congrats on your marathon finish & I will look forward to reading your recap. I hope you recover quickly!

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  16. First of all, today was not PR weather. We as runners can control many things, but we can't control the weather. The comment isn't worthy of a response. Next time delete, and ignore, that's my opinion.

    I'm sorry the day didn't go as planned. Your slow running times are much faster than most runner's race times.

    You do not need the race today to know that you are a very talented runner. You've been proving that with PR after PR. Keep running, keep training, keep chasing those dreams and they will become your reality.

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  17. I am sure whatever your time was today was amazing. You went out there and ran 26.2 miles. Not everyone can do that! Don't let the haters get you down! I love your blog and how real you are and appreciate it. Unfortunately not everyone is like that. But there are many of us that do - so screw everyone else!

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  18. Wow. That is all I have to say. I have been trying to check on you all day. Apparently Canadians can't track runners. Made me sad. This stupid comment makes me sadder. It sucks that people just don't know how to filter themselves but you know what? You're the bigger person. You are honest with yourself and with your readers. People who have run and who have raced respect and understand absolutely everything you are going through. Whatever happened, be proud of yourself for pushing through. You are an amazing runner, woman, and person. Don't let what people say bring you down.

    I actually literally just posted on FB for you to tell me how you did! I still can't wait for the recap, even if things didn't go as planned.

    xoxo

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  19. Amen to that! I always feel like a blog is a risky thing because I'm putting my hopes and fears out to the world and some people are jerks.

    Lets round up all the anonymous punks, lock them in a room, and make them listen to Celine Dion for hours on end. That will teach them.

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  20. Ummmm, I think you are amazing and awesome and HONEST....eff the time or the PR that we all strive to achieve or not achieve each time, you still did something that 99% cannot or will accomplish. Tsk tsk on this sad little person. Hugs.

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  21. I'm not sure what is going on. I've been thinking of you today and hoping for the best, but all I have seen from all my friends running (on Facebook) is comments of the tough conditions.

    Knowing you, you made the best of it. Congrats :)

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  22. Oh Britt. I'm so sorry. That was a bullshit comment by a total chicken shit.

    I tracked you and saw your time and figured that something physical must have happened because mentally, I knew you'd be on your game. You can't help it when your body breaks down. That being said, a 3:26 is an awesome time. Congrats on getting through it and BQing!!!!!

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  23. Well put!
    On another note - Congrats on your marathon today! So many people would only DREAM of what you accomplished today. You will meet your marathon goal one day (I bet in the not so far off future). You have accomlishe SO much thus far this year - AMAZING! I am VERY inspired by you so thank-you!

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  24. Congratulations on finishing your marathon!! I have so far only run a 1/2 so just completing the distance is impressive to me!! I'm wowed by your total for the year, I don't keep track but I'd be willing to be A LOT of money that my numbers are way lower. Don't let people get you down, I have to believe in karma. You did great to keep on pushing through despite the challenges and you will be a better runner for the experience. You learn more from struggles like that than from all of the good runs in the world. Maybe a 'bad' race is a blessing every now and then...

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  25. It was rough out there! But, like you said, whether you finish in 3 hours or 5 hours you are still amazing.

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  26. Hi Britt,
    Jenn told me about what a super stud runner you are, so I tracked you and also read a lot of your training posts.
    I am sad yesterday did not go as planned. I have been there, and I know how hard it is too push through particularly when you know you missed your goal. You ran a smart race, you did not start too fast, so I knew something must have happened to make you slow down.
    Please remember that you've had an amazing training cycle and that all this training is still in your legs, and you will cash on it big time during your next marathon, whenever that may be.
    You are an amazing, strong runner and you are just beginning to tap into your potential!

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  27. Oh geez. I wish you didn't even glorify that a-hole with a response. I know you won't let a comment like that shake you. You are awesome. Any day, anywhere any pace, any conditions. Awesome.

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  28. Are you frickin serious anonymous?!? I don't believe their ass was out there on the pavement, in the sun with 40,000 runners. That is rude rude! We train and train to be so prepared for one perfect day and sometimes it is and others... it just isn't. The body does what it does. These blogs are not for judgement! I'm so sorry you had that comment Britt, but I know you're also so postive and focused that you're rolling your eyes and moving on.

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  29. Ps, I think I saw you getting on the blue line at jackson after the race, but felt too dorky to say, "hey, are you the chicago runner girl?"

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  30. Mean people suck.

    YOU are an inspiration. And even inspiring people are still people, not machines. Sorry it wasn't your day, but you gutted it out in tough weather and finished. There's a lot to be said for that! You rock! :)

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  31. Hi Britt, I kept track of you yesterday!
    Let me start by first CONGRATULATING you!!!
    You just ran 26.2 miles at a pace most people cannot complete a single mile at.
    And anyone that reads your blog KNOWS that you have the speed, endurance, determination, perseverance, and drive to hit that 3:05. And you will!
    Please don't be disappointed in your performance yesterday. I can only imagine the obstacles you had thrown at you yesterday, but you finished. You did amazing. I look to you as an inspiration and I thank you for your blog, for putting it all out there! Congrats again girl, you did great!

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  32. 'What happened today'... is you finished another MARATHON - that is an accomplishment. The obstacles you faced could have been perfect cop-outs to quit; but the strong woman you are finished. You are an inspiration to so many people... whoever this person is needs to get a life.

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  33. I don't normally comment, but I love reading your blog and you are such an inspiration to me, as a fellow Chicago runner! I don't know what happened, but I love your response to Anonymous. Keep fighting the good fight - you are definitely a runner I look up to!

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  34. Well put Britt. If a person has to keep themselves Anonymous to make a comment, they shouldn't say it all.

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  35. Britt, I am SO PROUD of you for putting so much into your marathon training this year.
    You worked your butt off and had your head in the best place.
    I admire your determination and work ethic, your blog is such an inspiration for me.
    Congrats on your new PR!!!!! Cheers to many more years of fruitful running and you are going to continue to blow your PRs out of the water with each upcoming race.

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  36. I pretty much would write the same comment as Neon Blonde Runner - congrats on the new PR!!!! You are an amazing runner.

    And I have no respect for people writing anonymous comments on any blog or forum - if you don't have the courage to identify yourself when you say something, then you shouldn't be saying it at all. Don't let people like that get you down.

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  37. Wow that person is totally rude and who the heck thinks they can just post something like that? That's awful. I'm so sorry!

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  38. You are a class act through and through! I know you will continue to dream big, HUGE and you deserve too. You are amazing, talented, bright and frankly, I love reading your words regardless whether they address running, passion, or Chi-town living.

    Proud of you.

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