Thursday, March 29, 2012

Just Being an Asshole

"Running 26.2 miles is an awesome achievement of a lifetime. Going any further than that and you're just being an asshole" - Shannon Johnstone
On Saturday, my wife Shannon will be attempting to run 100 miles in day.
A few years ago she disliked even the idea of ultra marathons, as she felt they disrespected her accomplishments of running marathons.

Two years ago we ran 50 miles together at Umstead (race report here), and could not imagine taking another step.  We were in awe of the people around us doing the full 100 miles, and became enamored with the relaxed, friendly, and somewhat nutty ultra running community.

Since then she has become an even stronger runner, while I have simply run myself into the ground. So I will be hanging out at the park, "crewing" for her. Since the race pretty much provides runners with anything they would desire, I really won't have much to do.

So I started this blog to report and chronicle our experience as the day unfolds. I plan on posting "real time" hourly updates and pictures, not just of Shannon's journey but of the race in general as well.

If I am lucky, I may get some others to contribute to this blog.

Shannon running (briefly) with one her idols, Jill Perry


  1. So excited to run with her again this weekend. She's so much fun!

  2. I am looking forward to running with you too Anji! We are going to have a great vacation in the park this weekend!

  3. I'm in for guest blogging, of course.

  4. Hey girl . . . here is wishing you a wonderful race. Know that I am pulling for you, and I'll keep a check on the blog. All the luck in the world. And remember, walk, walk, walk.

  5. Thanks so much Dana! You are a very good friend!

  6. I love the quote at the start. Thanks for ratting Shannon out on that one!

  7. Wishing you a wonderful race experience Shannon. Have an awesome time! Looking forward to reading Anthony's blog along the way. I am out of town this weekend but will be thinking of you and all the amazing Umstead 100 runners. Best of luck!

  8. I will be looking for you at the start and when you lap me Shannon... actually you may not lap me this event, unless I am having a bad day because I intend to push it like I did the U Marathon... but that still did not keep me close to you. See you there AC.

    Bob S.

  9. Anthony, this is a fantastic idea!
    And, I'm so psyched for you, Shannon!