Writing a humor column about running isn’t exactly curing cancer, but I have pride, too.
So it’s doubly difficult when I come up with an idea, only to find someone else has already written an awesomely funny article on the topic.
We’ve all read (and in many cases, written) those standard pieces about tackling the marathon for the first time. A parody of these articles is long overdue. Well, the folks over at The Onion published a column by Paul Consella titled “I’m Training to Ruin a Marathon” that will have every running writer and blogger laughing and cringing at the same time.
There is plenty to chew on, but here is a little appetizer:
“Sure, everyone would like to ruin a marathon, but who among us has the discipline and energy to get up at the crack of dawn morning after morning, through rain, sleet, and snow, and practice handing out cups of vinegar to the frontrunners?”
Head over there and read it, but don’t forget to come back. I believe in the old adage, “If you can’t laugh at yourself, someone else will.”