Monday, August 6, 2012

Web wrap-up: July 30 to Aug. 5

The Onion: I'm Truly Sorry For This, But You're About To Hear All About The Last Marathon I Ran. Yeah, runners mistake polite conversation for a request for in-depth self-analysis. Oops.

Sarah Finding Fit: Day 211. Blogger Sarah shares a random fact about herself (and a fuzzy photo) — her knees sweat a lot. And here I was afraid it was just me!

Other Voices: Running With — And Chasing Down — HIV. OK, so this mostly caught my interest because it was published the day after I saw a local production of "Rent." Still, David Ernesto Munar's essay about coping with his diagnosis, treating his disease and his resurgence in running is a surprisingly uplifting post about AIDS.

BBC News: Your Olympic athlete body match. Enter your height and weight and find out which Olympic athlete you're most built like — how could this not be fun? I got Savannah Vinsant, a 19-year-old trampolinist on the U.S. gymnastics team.

Side note, the people who have been pointing out that the athletes' official photos look like mug shots are 100 percent correct. Savannah looks downright depressed in her picture.

Run and Eat Simply: Annoying things that runners say and what they mean. To come full-circle with my post, here's more mockery of running culture (from someone I believe is a runner).

I'm totally guilty of Nos. 2, 3 and 4. Sorry, friends and family. I'd like to counter that by pointing out that I refrain from saying "speed work," "tempo run" and "PR" (Nos. 8, 9 and 1, respectively) to nonrunners.

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