Sunday, 10 April 2011

An unexpected reaction

I have learnt in the past year or so that when talking to non-long distance runners not to talk about my escapades unless directly asked a question about and even then keep it short. Most of my communication is through this blog or with other spirited fellows who run this noble sport.

A lot of the reactions are normal now, mostly incredulous others just cannot comprehend the stuff we do but then this week whilst at work I was the one that became incredulous by the reaction of a few people.

"You're MAD!"
"Crazy, you are mental"
"You are not normal!"

Those were the polite ones but some people were just damn right rude...and then I came to remember this great song by Pink Floyd, Shine on you crazy diamond.

...and to you people out there who think us ultradistance are mad, unhinged or crazy...well, "I've got a very large fridge in the kitchen, and I've been eating a lot of pork chops!"


  1. I've always been interested in the fine line between genius and madness as it has affected a few of my family. Some managed to embrace their intense and obsessive characters and produced some exceptional achievements, world firsts in some instances. Others like my mum sadly ended up being sectioned for their own safety. In Soviet Russia, the government launched an inquiry into why so many chess Grandmasters were going insane fearing that chess was causing it. They came to the conclusion that rather than causing it, chess provided a focus which kept some people sane who would otherwise go mad. The measure the world tends to use to distiniguish between the two is success.

    Love the song. I'm sure you know the story of Syd Barrett turning up at Abbey Road when they were recording it and the band didn't recognize him. Here's a picture taken of him on that day...

  2. Jeez Dave, I have never seen that picture before. I see now why "Pink" in the file The Wall shaved his eyebrows off so to copy Syd Barrett from real life.
    I was talking about my sporting achievements last week and it does seem that I throw myself headlong into them, from my long distance swimming then the running, early on in my sports career training 70 - 80 miles a week for half marathons.There is certainly a certain obsessiveness about it all but, hey, it is who I am and I wouldn't change it for the world.

  3. Hey this is a very interesting post and great comment from Dave.

    My wife said to me the other day if I spent as much energy working on the house and garden as I do training we would have a perfect house and garden. I was going to reply ah but because of my training you have perfect husband but thought best not go down that route.

    I often wonder what is the point to what we all do but if it makes us happy then we must be doing something right and the world would be a pretty boring place if we did not push back our boundaries.

    It is just the way we roll!

    Jerry I did not know you did long distance swimming I re learnt to swim some years ago and was banging out some good distances but got a bit bored. I suppose all that is left for us now is the long distance bike ride.