Sunday, June 5, 2011

Juneathon Day 5 - Loser

Did you know in Beck's hit song, Loser, at one point he plays the chorus backwards?



I used to just drive around with that song on repeat. Loved it.
Not that I am a loser or anything.

Juneathon Day 5 was quick.

Ran to my parent's house late this afternoon with my little brother on his bike. Took a shortcut.
Ran back home.

That's about 2 miles.

I had slept in this morning as a substitute for my usual Sunday long run.
This was a reduced mileage week ahead of two high mileage weeks ahead.

So when it comes to Juneathon, so far I'm a winner.
But in other situations that title does not apply.

This morning.

HoneyBunny sees one of my medals on the dining room table.
It's the 20in24 50-mile finisher medal.

I'm sure most runners have had a similar conversation with their kids.

HoneyBunny: "How'd you get this medal?"
Me: "Ran 50 miles."
HB: "Did you win?"
Me: "No."
HB: "What did the winner do?"
Me: "Ran like 146 miles."

Pause.

HB: "So the losers get a medal?"
Me: "Yeah."

Disappointment.

Me: "That's today's society. Everybody wants a medal."

Disappointment.

Me: "Do you want me to win?"
HB: "Yes."
Me: "OK, I'll try to win."

My wife, silent to this point, looks up at us like "Fat Chance."

Fine. I know I'll never be the winner.
But I also know that with each passing year, I'm becoming a better loser.

4 comments:

henniemavis said...

This Juneathon thing, everyone posting left & right... it's teaching me how to leave shorter comments... like: "Nice post, Loser!"

OK, I can't type that with a straight face, cuz you know you are one of my favorite "losers." You're not my #1 favorite, but hey, I'll give you a medal anyway. HA!

Denise said...

what? you're not a loser!! and all the little one cares about is that you TRY to win! :-)

lindsay said...

One day Hb will realize it's pretty cool to do things even when you know you won't win.

Candice @ I Have Run said...

You are WINNING. Just ask Charlie Sheen.

I'm pretty sure my kids think I won when I bring home a medal. Wonder how long before they figure out the truth.