This past weekend was amazing, but exhausting. And I want to do it justice, so the race recap will just have to wait. (I know, I know – you’re so disappointed.) But we did have a somewhat interesting encounter at the race expo, the day before.
At the expos, if you’ve never been, there are booths set up selling all sorts of running gear, offering promo deals on upcoming races, showcasing new products, etc.
And there are also clinics and presentations put on by some of the VIPs of the running world. The one we got to see was John “The Penguin” Bingham.
From his website, just to give you and idea:
Once an overweight couch potato with a glut of bad habits, including smoking and drinking, at the age of 43 Bingham looked mid-life in the face—and started running. Since then, he has completed 40 marathons and hundreds of 5K and 10K races—and developed a whole new outlook.
If you’d asked me a year ago who he was, I’d have had no idea. Not even an educated guess. But he has a lot of good advice for both new and experienced runners, and he gave a great talk on Saturday. And he dealt supremely well with that guy.
You know that guy. The one who always has something to say on any subject. The one who fancies himself more knowledgeable than the experts. And the one who can’t seem to help but interrupt anyone and everyone – even himself at times. Because he really just wants to share his experience and advice – even when it’s not asked for.
Yeah, that guy was at the clinic.
And during the question and answer portion, he asked John (the one who has written books on the subject), if he could give a little advice as well. John humored him, but that apparently just opened the floodgates. Every question that followed, That Guy had something to add. At one point, he proceeded to debate an issue that could have been opened and closed within a minute (maybe two).
You would think he’d get the hint if he had observed the crowd reaction at all. I know that MJ and I weren’t the only ones rolling our eyes and making the “really? you’re still talking?” faces. But if that didn’t do it, you’d think that this quote from John would have (after That Guy started to give more unsolicited advice): “Usually, I work alone.”
Now sure, it was said in fun. But come on, buddy. Take a hint!
We walked away from the clinic, laughing about it, thinking how funny it would be if we actually did run into him the following day, in a race of about 16,000 people.
And as we left the race that next afternoon, who did we see, leaning against the fence, and probably passing on more of his so-called wisdom?
What are the odds?