in response to a rather unpleasant thread on let's run: http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=3886791, i deleted all of my previous posts. nobody gets to take my words out of context and use them as a joke.
incredibly disappointing as just a few days ago i posted about how much i loved being part of the running community because i think it's so rewarding and supportive. but over the past few days i've seen a totally different side of the sport that makes my stomach churn. admittedly, i've had my own catty thoughts at times but they were moments when i wasn't feeling confident in my abilities as a runner - classic cases of one trying to make oneself feel better by saying something unfair, unkind, or flat out untrue about someone else.
i was also disappointed to hear from someone in the running industry that i needed to "check the attitude" i have. i know a lot of my posts were a bit on the obnoxious side but i wanted this whole blogging experience to be fun for me to write and fun for people to read. and when you get right down to it, that's me. that's my personality. i understand that may not mesh with everyone else, but to have someone tell you that your personality is unwelcome in the running world is pretty hurtful. however, i do understand that his (i'm sorry but i have to assume this was a male) advice was meant to help, not hurt.
so it looks like i'm starting over. might be a little more boring but i'm not interested in getting myself or my team in the middle of any sort of internet cat fight.
even though i deleted all the posts, there are a few things that i wanted to hang on to...
... my interviews with colorado runner magazine and runcolo.com were both really fun to do and i was grateful to both for taking an interest.
...two runner's roost teammates (kylee and stella) and i swept the women's yeti chase 10k
...at frosty's frozen five and ten miler, three new teammates (amy, kim, and lonnie) ran strong and impressive races - what a great way to represent runner's roost! - and i was really excited to see them kick off the year like that
and that's it. the rest was just fluff.
i've been advised by many to just ignore all the negative stuff. i thought i was a pretty tough cookie but it's actually really hard to not let that get to you. but on we go.
looking forward to a good long run tomorrow.