If you've known me for any amount of time, you'd know that I love a good bitch and moan. I find things all the time that make me rant and wish I had my own TV segment like Peter Griffen:
I noticed some outrage on Twitter yesterday (twi-rage?) about a new advertisement. I love some righteous outrage, so I clicked over to the ad. It didn't really trigger my rage reflex:
First of all, I don't even own any Pearl Izumi stuff, so it's not brand loyalty at work here. I have two theories why this doesn't piss me off:
1. I am a running snob and this speaks to me.
2. It's just not offensive
My husband votes for number one, but I don't think it's snobby to think that people should respect the distance. I have absolutely nothing against "7 hour marathoners"...if that's honestly the best they can do with adequate and dedicated training. People that signed up for a marathon because there are bands on the course and free beer after, but don't feel like getting up early for months to train and put in the hard work so they are forced to walk the actual race and finish in 7 hours? Yeah, I'm not going to get upset for those people. I assume they don't care about other runners, so this ad isn't going to make them cry themselves to sleep tonight.
Also, I really agree that some marathons are now a test of patience more than fitness...and that's why I'm not ever running a big marathon again. My dislike of big races has nothing to do with other runners...other than there are too many of them. Also, I hate packed race expos that force you to walk by vendors when you just want your freaking bib. The last two (big) marathons I did, I felt mentally exhausted before I even started running. I even hate having thousands of strangers screaming at me as I run, as I find it jarring and stressful. It seems like those big marathons are about buying stuff and guys with megaphones telling you that you're a special snowflake for running for 4 hours and Black Eyed Peas songs blasting out of cars...and the actual running gets a little lost in that mix.
This is why I gravitate to trail races and ultras. It's so peaceful to just meet up with a group of fellow runners in a parking lot somewhere and then spend hours in the woods in blissful silence. No expos, no spectators....just running. Also, I rarely meet someone at that kind of race who signed up because their friends did and then didn't train. When you take away the hoopla of the big races (like Rock and Roll series), you lose a lot of popular interest and you're left with people who (in general) take running seriously...regardless of how fast they run.
This advertisement made some people angry enough to even vow to stop purchasing Pearl Izumi gear, so I'm thinking I'm missing the part that made people so pissed.
Does this ad make you angry? Make your case why and maybe you'll sway me enough to send an angry email to Pearl Izumi. I love sending angry emails.