Friday, November 16, 2007

Oscar the Brain

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I was bored in the middle of a busy day at work, so I decided to get some diversion by checking out your blog. Your post started out well. As I read it, I was thinking of all the ways you are stupid, and how this has brought about the consequences you mentioned early in your post. Central to your stupidity is your delusion of grandeur, you inability to see that you are a simple person, just like anyone else. That is not to say that you are not a likable person, or an admirable person for the choices you make in life. It is to say that you seem to believe you are great. You are not. That belief costs you. I thought that you had an awakening and a changed approach to yourself. Of course you left the details about what you meant by stupidity to the end of the post. Needless to say, you completely missed the mark. You take the position (sideways, of course) that you are even too great for marathoning, marathons are stupid to you, which further proves my argument here.

There is nothing stupid about experiencing life. Boston itself is really nothing special. I have no idea why you are so obsessed with it. My guess is that you think you are extra special by qualifying for, and running Boston with 22,000 other people. I have qualified for the next Boston 5 times already (in Seattle, LA, Boston, Eugene, and Portland). Really I am not sure if it is worth the long trip to the East Coast. I don't know, maybe I'll do it anyway. Try out LA. That was a fun marathon. It has very diverse course and participants. It is a completely different experience than the marathons we see in the PNW or Boston. Nonetheless, if you are really obsessed with qualifying for Boston, come to do Seattle next week. Seattle is a great course and it is very well organized. The first 20 miles can be said to be either flat or downhill, then there are a couple of OK climbs that are not horrible. They start a bit steep for a block each (small very steep street block on Galer off McGilvra, and the first block on Interlaken off Lake Washington Blvd), but afterwards they are not too steep. The begining of those climbs break people down psychologically, when they really don't amount to much. Then it is almost all downhill to the finish near the Space Needle, which is visible for the last 3 miles. If you want I can give you a rundown of the course. If you understand Seattle, there is no reason why you can't PB here. In fact my 2nd fastest time was in Seattle last year, and I PBed here by 13 minutes the year before that. It is well organized race. There are volunteers reading the time at each mile marker. Many local endurance sport clubs take care of the aid stations (Sea Tri does the aid station at the start, Eastside Runners do the Interlaken station). Seattle is big enough that you will not be running in the middle of a country road by yourself, being passed by pick up trucks, like you will in a smaller marathon. Good luck in your next race Vince.

Oscar

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quelle jacka$$ magnifique!1!!

That isn't a real last name, is it?

3:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oscar the Brain?

More like Oscar the Grouch!

3:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..."bored in the middle of a busy day at work"... classic. That's almost worth printing and getting framed.

3:28:00 PM  
Blogger Scooter said...

"delusions of grandeur"...well, aren't we all at the center of our own universe? I guess Oscar just doesn't "get" Boston, it's special because it IS special. If Oscar chooses to believe it's not, then he only has himself to blame, and if that keeps him from running it, that's his loss.

11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Oscar said...

Wow, I just noticed this. I am not too frequent a reader here. But I finally made in into Vince's blog. That is special. Thanks Vince.

8:26:00 AM  
Blogger Bennie said...

Keep truckin Vince. Bostin is the end all. Finished in 2004 (not very well mind you) and been trying to get back ever since.

6:32:00 PM  
Blogger Bennie said...

I can run but I can't spell!

6:33:00 PM  

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