MySpace Can Be OurSpace

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I bet you wish you had running friends like I do. I mean, who wouldn’t? When it comes to famous runners, I can name drop with the best of ’em.

Wanna see who, among the world’s elite runners, call me their friend? How about Josh Cox? Not impressed? (what’s wrong with you?). Ok, how about Sebastian Coe, or Deena Kastor?

Still not impressed? Ok, these two gotta make you jealous. How about world record holders Paul Tergat (marathon WR of 2:04:55) or Hicham El Guerrouj (“King of the Mile” in 3:43:13).

Yes, all of these amazing athletes are close, personal friends of mine …

…on MySpace.

myspace.pngMySpace is the first place on the Web where I started out feeling old, and I’m not even 40! At first, it seemed to be populated with mostly 20 somethings and teenagers. I stayed away from MySpace until recently when I learned that one or two running bloggers I already knew were there (Hi A.Maria & Jeanne!) and began discovering a much wider age range populating the space than I originally perceived.

Of course, I have also made some other non-elite running friends on MySpace. For example, La Lynx (Hi La Lynx!) has become a regular at my blog and I visit her MySpace regularly now too.

Alas, unlike in my offline life, not everyone on MySpace wants to be my friend. Despite numerous requests to become friends, I’ve been virtually ignored by Haile Gebrselassie, Alan Webb and Craig Mottram (aka The Big Mazungo). Am I offended? Nah. Of course, I’ll be cheering for Tergat next time he and Gebrselassie meet but, I digress.

Perhaps just as odd as someone not wanting to be my friend is having a dead running friend

…I changed my mind—it’s definitely odder that someone wouldn’t want to be my friend.

Is that all there is on MySpace? Heavens no! There are even groups (forums/bulletin boards) for runners. Two of the larger, more active ones I’ve participated in are the Marathoners and Track & Field Runners groups.

So, give MySpace a try. And, if you feel tentative, come on over to MySpace where I promise to accept you as my friend.

shatner-store_1941_7973552.gifP.S. Have I mentioned I know Bill Shatner?

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About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

  1. Jeanne on April 4th at 4:05 pm

    What a great idea mark!

  2. Funky Dung on April 5th at 4:26 am

    I’ll see ya on MySpace. πŸ™‚

    Heck, while we’re at it, how about Facebook? MySpace is just so…fugly. πŸ˜‰

  3. Andy Barber on April 12th at 2:47 am

    Hate to break the news – a lot of supposedly famous people’s pages on there are fake.

    Even wondered why they just have pics you can easily find elsewhere on the internet rather than anything more personal?

  4. Mark Iocchelli on April 12th at 6:44 am

    I know Andy. πŸ™‚

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