Thursday, March 7, 2013

Video Mockery of an Amateur Marathon Runner's Post Race Reflection

I'm convinced that we all need a person in our life that can make fun of us and keep us laughing.  Someone that can put things in MAJOR perspective for us.  Training for a marathon is a lot of work.  It takes time, heart, energy, and sacrifice.  I'd be lying if I said that I didn't get attached to my goals and find myself very focused on my training.  We give a lot of ourselves.  And even when we try to keep things on the lighter side and not get too wrapped up in the outcome on race day, we almost all do.  When the race is over, good or bad, we have what I refer to as "race residue".  We have a bag of feelings and thoughts as we process the past 18-24 weeks and all that went into our training.  And we often have some pretty big feelings about the actual race. We sometimes lose sight of the fact that most of us are just doing this for fun.  Fortunately, my "race residue" isn't all that bad this time. Even though I had a bad race, I'm still  very thankful for the process and I'm glad for my training.  But the other night (before my last post on the Napa Valley Marathon 2013), I wrote down some thoughts over a glass or two of wine.  Some free verse....just words flowing.  In rereading it all, I realized how funny it sounded and how it was all a bit on the dramatic side.  Then I had my best friend (like a sister) of 17 years read it back to me.  HILARIOUS to me.  I was laughing so hard at the way she changed things and the way she made me sound.  It really put things in perspective for me in a oh so funny way.  It made me laugh for at least a good few hours to hear her using her best fake accent and thespian experience to depict how silly this post race bag of feelings and Amanda drama can appear to a non runner.  Of course she added some things so this made it even funnier to me.

Our feelings after a race are REAL.  We do work hard.  And our goals are important to us.  This is part of what keeps us driven in life.  We don't have to be elite athletes or olympic runners for our goals to be serious and meaningful to us.  But it can be easy to lose sight of a greater perspective sometimes.  I didn't see that happening to me so much now as I did several years ago after returning from an injury but I definitely spent at least a day or two feeling kind of sad.  All thoughts of sad or bummed out were gone once my BFF performed her rendition of

The Amateur Marathon Runner Reflecting on Life and a Bad Race. 

I promised a friend I'd post this even if it is rather embarrassing.  You're welcome Steph.  Making fun of ourselves is liberating sometimes. :) And Gosh, you'll witness my laugh when it gets really really out of control...that's embarrassing too.  But whatever.  I love to laugh.

Pure Mockery:




Amanda 

30 comments:

  1. OMW that was hilarious! I think I peed a little! Hee, hee. THAT'S what friends are for! She seems like a keeper!

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    1. ha! She's a keeper for sure. And yes, she's made me pee my pants many a time.

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  2. Laughed just as much as the first time! Thank you for posting this and don't delete it! When you have moved I want to be able to watch it again! It just makes me smile! Love you!

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    1. Ha! The things I do for you! ha ha. Loved hearing YOU laugh when I called you after I posted it since you were the only "like".

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  3. Loved the video! So glad you posted it, your laugh is contagious.

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  4. Sometimes, you just gotta laugh! Seriously, where would we be without our girlfriends? I've had races where I don't know what I would have done without them.

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    1. No joke, right?! So thankful for my girls. This friend used to run on the cross country team with me in college but doesn't run anymore. Gosh, we were crazy together on our weekend travels. Our teammates would want to strangle us at the end.

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  5. I LOVE YOUR LAUGH!!!!!!! It's so genuine and free. It's contagious! Thanks for brightening my day, Amanda!

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    1. Ps. Did she really say, "Shits can be a real bitch." LOL!!!!! That was hysterical!

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    2. lol! i was thinking the SAME thing!!!!!!
      rofl!!!!!

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    3. Ha! Thanks. and yes, she said that. I didn't write that but she said that. She added a lot. :)

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  6. FRIGGIN HILARIOUS!!!!
    i love your laugh,it is SO CONTAGIOUS!
    even my sweet little 9 month old is laughing his head off just by hearing your laughter!!!!
    your friend is really awesome,she sounds as cool as the other side of the pillow!

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    1. Ahh, I love that your baby was laughing too! I love laughing and hearing others let go with theirs. Thanks. And yeah, she's a gem!

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  7. I agree with LA Runner! Your laugh is what makes this video!! Aww-so special to have a friend that can bring this out in you! Laughter such a treasure!! This truly was hilarious. Christy does a reenactment of Jenn ordering a pizza over the phone and me playing piano that literally makes me hyperventilate. "Lost in the music" is apparently not something that happens to her! Anyway, just special to have those people that don't take you too seriously! Hope you're recovering well!

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    1. I can't wait to see these Christy impressions someday!!! Love it! Love you!

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  8. Love this! Thanks for posting! Chris is so good at immitating me and my accent! I love when he does it. Still laughing, but gotta get back to work:)

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  9. HILARIOUS!! Your friend is most definitely a keeper! And she is pretty good at whatever accent that was too!

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  10. Your friend is fabulous and your laugh KILLS me! Girl, I'm not coming to the US together without cracking up together somewhere over a couple of drinks. Don't forget - I talk like that for real! XXX

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  11. This is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time! I'm not sure which I love more -- your friend's theatrics while she is reading or your laughter. So, so, so good, Amanda!! No matter what, we always need to be able to laugh at ourselves, right?! xoxo

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  12. I died!
    God bless good friends!

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  13. I know why you've been friends for 17 years. Good friends give you perspective and keep you grounded - she's one of the best.

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  14. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHA! Dude, this is hysterical and priceless. LOVE x1,000,000 :-)
    We are laugh twins. Ask anyone.

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  15. That is too funny! It's good to laugh, and laugh at ourselves sometimes. Thanks for posting!

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  16. Oh, hysterical! Nothing like a good friend for perspective! Between her hilarious inflection and your contagious laugh I could not stop giggling. Adorable.

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  17. Oh my word - not sure if it's the reading or your laugh that had me going more. For sure she wins a gold medal in interpretive blog reading.

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