Life Through The Eyes of a LetsRun Message Board Poster

17 May

Another hiatus from posting, whoops.  Conference was ehh.  Hoping for a nice steeple showing at Regionals.  Props to my teammate for running 8:28 for the steeple, some impressive running and well deserved!

Shirts came in just 3 days ago due to shitty shipping from the t-shirt company I ordered from (3 weeks late!), more on how to get those soon!

Before I get onto the post, I’d like to admit this: Webb may be making me eat my words soon.  I’d like to take all the credit for this, I’d like to imagine he read my post and got inspired.  You’re welcome, Webb <3.

On to the post topic: The people who post on the message board on LetsRun

I’d like to preface this post by stating that I love the website and that it’s incredibly useful in finding meet results and reading about meet previews.  This isn’t a direct slam article directed at LetsRun. Rather this goes out to the idiots that post in the message board forums, which is about 98.4% of the people that post there.  

So I bring you this post, I decided to spend some time looking at life through the eyes of a LetsRun commenter and evaluate recent running events.

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Event- KYLE MERBER RUNS 3:35

“Shaking hands with a pro, ban him from collegiate running”

My Normal Reaction: Awesome, that dude is great.  Can’t wait to see him tear it up at nationals and then as a longhorn next year!
My LetsRun Reaction:  Gay.  Not even a real collegiate American record.  The people from the 60’s and 70’s are way better than this tool.  Centrowitz. Oregon. Wasn’t in a championship race.

Event- High Schooler runs 4:05 at dual meet!

He’s too far ahead for this run to be a record of any sort.

My Normal Reaction: That’s awesome, good for this kid!  Hope to see this kid run some great times at nats and develop in college!

My LetsRun Reaction:  There weren’t cones on the turns.   He had a pacer, therefore this is not impressive at all.  Only races without pacers or pros should be national records.  Every current distance record is cheap and cheating, guys from “my generation” back in the day deserve it.  He wouldn’t have broken the record without his excited teammates running a few steps on the infield as he finished.  His teammate should never be allowed to run again since he paced him, it doesn’t make sense to run a race and not run completely all out.  I’m a self-righteous s*** eating douchebag who is insatiable.  I have a flagpole stuck up my butt.

Event- Coach at a University is Replaced by Another Coach

“iPhones are for damn Obama loving liberals.”

My Normal Reaction:  Maybe there was a need for a change.  I wish the new coach the best of luck, it’s never easy taking over a program, success isn’t always instantaneous.  I really don’t know anything about the situation at this other school whose program I am not a part of so I shouldn’t judge and should keep my opinions to myself!

 My LetsRun Reaction:  I went to the school many many years ago and I had a different coach and nobody could ever be better than him so obviously it is my duty to trash this new guy on the message boards!  Mature adults like myself can really help out the school that I graduated from by trashing it and their program online! Yes, that makes sense! I will make outlandish claims stating inevitable failure because change is always bad, like women’s suffrage, the automobile, electricity and the end of slavery!

Rojo’s perfect letter about this:

Dear Alum of school with a famous long serving coach,

We know you loved your coach. He (or she) was an institution at your university but is now gone.

Change is sometimes hard to accept but please don’t rip the new coach until at least year 3, preferably year 4, maybe even year 5. Distance running isn’t football and generally freshmen don’t do a whole lot. So unless you want the new guy or girl to go for the quick foreign fix – it’s going to take some time to get things going as you are going to need some new recruits to get to be juniors/seniors before anyone is judged and that is at least 3-4 years out depending on the time of the hire. And it may take a year or two for the new coach to figure out how to recruit to the school so that will add on another year.

One thing to remember. Normally, the old coach was just that – old – and didn’t recruit too hard on his way out so they cupboard was left bare.

Be patient and keep the alumni donations flowing,

Sincerely,
The LetsRun.com Community

Speaking of slavery, there has been a disgusting amount of racism and homophobia on the boards recently too.   Move to North Carolina, marry your cousin, and stop polluting the boards.

Come on, dudes.  I make fun of runners/running here all in jest, it’s satire.  But the trash found on the message boards lately is just depressing.  I almost prefer Tebow fans for their praise and belief in their favorite player over you insatiable scumbags.  Now I’m usually against the whole theory of people who have run fast have more authority in message boards, but seriously I have to assume the bad posters are all 18min+ 5k hobby joggers. If not, then I guess our sport really is doomed.

Less serious, more funny posts and interviews to come soon.  Hoping to get some with the bros in The Real Maine, coming out on the 21st!  Off to go take part in my new favorite summer pastime, FISHIN.

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8 Responses to “Life Through The Eyes of a LetsRun Message Board Poster”

  1. Snoop Doggity Dogg May 18, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    Too true, people are way too critical of these athletes. 99.99% of the posters on Letsrun couldn’t run 200 meters with these guys, but are ready to jump on them after a bad day or a serious injury. Hopefully at some point they will get lives and realize there is more to life than critiquing the form of a 15 year old.

  2. krisranhere May 18, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Letsrun is ridiculous. I used to love to read it because every once in while someone would write a joke that was pure genius. You can also read great running advice on different programs and theories. 99% of the activity though I believe is angry teenage boys or grumpy old men. It’s a shame really.

  3. Jerry Kerska May 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Could this blog get any worse?

    • eatrunswag May 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      Haters are my motivators, I keep writing for people like you, thanks for the love ❤

  4. Meggie May 20, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    You have a nice blog here but I just wanted to tell you that you shouldn’t be so hard. I know Marcus and his “team-mate that should never run again” very well and I know for a fact that they work their butts off and when they run they give it their all. and his team-mate is not just a pacer his is constantly trying to beat Marcus (but never quite gets there) they’re just high schoolers you don’t need to go easy on them but gesh no need to be that harsh

    • eatrunswag May 20, 2012 at 3:29 am #

      I don’t think you understood the point of this post at all….

      My post was trashing the people that have been saying that about Marcus, that is not at all what I believe. Read where I say “My Reaction”, my “LetsRun” reaction is what the idiots on that message board have been saying.

  5. Ike 558 May 21, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    hey man, I’m generally a fan of your blog and I like what you have to say about a lot of stuff. that being said, I think you made a mistake in this post. you can’t criticize an athlete in one post, Alan Webb, and then attack people on the internet for criticizing athletes and coaches in a post a month later. you gotta have some continuity; otherwise it’s just hypocritical.

  6. d1XCscrub May 26, 2012 at 2:37 am #

    Nice to see the swag back in action! Keep it comin!

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