I think it is especially fitting that I write this article since today marks 41 years (1968) since Amby Burfoot’s Boston Marathon victory – Patriot’s Day.
So, ya, I’ll say it… “Amby, thank you very much for the nice interview, the ink on page 64 of the May 2009 RW edition and our follow-up email exchanges.”
Wow, OK, if you know me or my blog over the past couple years I have not been always kind to RW (Runners World). I mean… heck… their lawyers called me to make me change the name of my blog! Since that time though I have learned that Amby Burfoot, RW Editor at Large, actually reads my blog. And you know what else I found out? He’s a really nice guy and easy to talk with! He even answers his own email. If he ever comes out AZ way, I’d love to take him out for a beer. (There you go, the offer is on the table, Amby.) But I digress.
When he contacted me earlier this year wanting to chat about an upcoming article that he was researching to write; it certainly came as a surprise. Maybe it was an article on copyright infringement issue article? (I’m joking…. I’m joking…) Seriously, I was very flattered that he had contacted me and that he reads what I have to say in this blog.
You can read the entire article in the May 2009 edition that just came out last week. It’s actually well done and really does address fears, considerations and motivation of first time runners. He cites me in the first section on inspiration – “Help! I need Motivation!” on what else… overcoming excuses.
I even like how he plays off the format of my book “Coach, I didn’t run because…” with his nifty hints and tips “I can’t run because…” Whether intentional or not, I take it as a compliment and it shows he really did read the book!
So, go ahead, get out and buy a copy of RW if you don’t already subscribe. Another cool bonus article (OK, I have to think an article citing me is the best.) is one on the benefits of coffee. Woohoo for coffee drinkers!
Amby… thank you, well done. My offer stands.
Upward and onward!