Saturday, March 24, 2012

You know you're a marathoner when... watch the episode of How I Met Your Mother when Marshall trains for the marathon and then Barney runs in his place, and you can't help but think of all of the inaccuracies involved.

  • It's hard to just decide to run the New York City Marathon.  A lottery with thousands upon thousands of entrants ensures that only a fraction who want to run it will actually be able to do so.
  • Since when are liquid breakfasts considered "runner style?"
  • It's the day before the marathon.  Why is he running long enough to chafe his nipples? Why isn't he tapering?!
  • Who applies vaseline after running to relieve chaffing?  It's supposed to go on beforehand to prevent it.
  • And for that matter, who uses Vaseline anymore?  It's all about the Bodyglide...
  • Barney walks perfectly fine directly after the marathon, only to have his legs 100% shut down a few hours later while riding the subway.  Not likely.

And then you start to think, "Damn, I wish I could have been an extra in that episode."


  1. So I am doing a youtube search on the philly marathon and I stumble on your 3:10 to Boston video. Watched it. Got inspired. Found your blog, read the first page. Found your first blog post ever, and realized My wife and I ran that 5k in central park with Ben Davis and you. What a small world. Anyway just wanted to let you know your blog inspires me. My wife and I are running our first marathon this year. Philly 2012. Maybe if we are down in s. jersey sometime this summer we could go for a run together. Artie and Danielle, L.I. New York.

    1. Artie and Danielle, it means a lot to me that you find inspiration in my blog. Thank you for reading, and definitely let me know if you make it to the South Jersey/Philly area. Best of luck in your marathon training.


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