Running Club guilt


Hi folks! Yeah, it’s Brian, …the person who says “We should write a blog about our training for Steamtown”, and then doesn’t write any content. Oh well, I guess it’s no big deal considering I have 105 days left until the race. Anyway, I officially started my training program this past Monday. When I trained for the Philly Marathon last summer, I wasn’t really disciplined. I ran well, but I know I can do better. Last Sunday I planned on running with the group at 7AM. I even posted a reminder on the Facebook page about the 7AM start. Then I failed to show up. I had many excuses…it was Father’s Day, I was out late at a wedding the night before and didn’t sleep well, I have 16 weeks of hard training ahead of me, etc. I know that me missing a Sunday run isn’t a big deal.

So why did I feel like everyone in the group looked like this…


I felt like I let everyone down. Everyone was probably so upset that I wasn’t there, that they couldn’t even start. They probably left the store around 8 or 8:30 because they figured I got a flat tire or something. When they realized that I wasn’t coming, they most likely lost all motivation and couldn’t even run past Starbucks. So they went inside to drown their sorrows with some help from the Clover machine.

I’m not a complete narcissist. I know this isn’t even close to reality, but I felt really guilty. I guess this is a benefit of running in a club. The Club does make me more disciplined. I just have to cut myself some slack every now and then. Is anybody else this irrational? Please say yes…

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  1. Hi Brian, it’s about time you showed up. To the blog, that is. It is certainly okay to stay home on Father’s Day. Did you have to add that countdown timer, though? Now it’s no longer just a distant goal, but it has taken on a real, immoveable object reality. Clever, fitting in a photo of an atractive young woman with palm trees in the background. Just browsing the interwebs, were you?
    Anyway, see you tomorrow. Frank

  2. Michele

     /  June 24, 2012

    You most certainly were missed, last week and today, too! I junderstand that guilt, though. Here have been times I have skipped a club event for whatever reason, and then the next day I get a “we missed you” email from someone, and then I feel like I let everyone down. Hope to see you Tuesday!

  3. screw you Ambrose the less you show up the better for me as I will surely kick your ass at Steamtown!!!! You will be crying like the little girlie-man that you are. (yes I took psych 101 in college).


     /  June 24, 2012

    I am certain that if everyone looked like the girl in the photo you would never miss a Sunday run.

  5. responding to Brandon’s post, I believe that all the women who run with us DO look like that girl in the photo…in fact even better!!!!

  6. Michele

     /  June 25, 2012

    Tony, you are a smart man. Extra brownie points for you!


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