The Sound Of Running is the running blog of Marcus Ryder it accompanies the audio diary; audioboo.fm/TheSoundOfRunning and twitter feed of @RunningRyder. It charts the thoughts, musings and life of a keen amateur runner who is trying to figure out why he runs and why he loves it.
Warning: this blog will not make you a faster runner, slimmer or fitter. But hopefully it will make you think.
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Running For Class President
In the last year running has taken me on some strange journeys.
I did my first marathon in Rio, ended up racing a complete stranger in Central
Park, New York and found myself naked in Amsterdam. I've embraced all the weird
and wonderful things that have happened as part of runnings rich tapestry but
now a new adventure has started that this time last year (before my marathon life)
I would have never anticipated.
I am now trying to get people to vote for me.
No I'm not running for political office. InsteadI entered a competition by Runners World Magazine to win professional coaching for the Paris marathon (I've written and audioboo'ed about it before). The first
stage was straight forward, around two thousand people entered of all different
abilities writing why they deserved to receive the training. This 1,700 runners
was whittled down to about fifty who had to attend a runners bootcamp in Birmingham
last week. At the bootcamp the organisers met the fifty in person, saw how they
ran, what running potential they had and I'm guessing who would benefit most
from professional training. This fifty was then further whittled down to twenty
Which is where my bizarre voting story comes in. I am
one of those twenty odd runners still left in the competition hoping to get
expert coaching. But the next stage is for other readers of runners world to
vote for you online.
In the last year of running I have learnt so much
about myself, I've been not just on a physical journey but a mental, emotional
and at times even philosophical journey (listen to the other audioboos). But now
I'm going to learn what it's like to actually try and get people to vote for me,
to try and be popular.
I was never class president or anything like that so
acually trying to get people to pick me will be weird.
I'm trying to say this experience will enrich my life
but I'm slightly worried I'll discover no one really likes me.
Whatever happens it proves running is changing my life in ways I'd never imagined. Oh by the way for anyone reading this please go on the
runners world website and vote for me.
As they would say in Britain; "that is the end of the party political broadcast" or as they would say in America "I am Marcus Ryder and I approve this message". (Original version of this blog post can be heard at audioboo.fm/thesoundofrunning)
UPDATE: Since writing this post the votes have been cast and the count is in. Unfortunately I wasn't picked but it was a lot of fun while it lasted.