Things I don't get: a threat

The Race. The one I have set my hopes on. The one that is planned for this Thursday. The one that already scares the sh*t out of me and makes me so excited at the same time. It's a long one. It involves night time running. It has some serious (and by serious, I mean serious) elevation gain. I'll need poles during the race. Enough said.

The race I've been looking forward to for ten months now. Beyond excitement. 

Why would anyone want to throw negativity into that?

A little while ago, a running buddy of mine pointed out that a certain person was posting negative comments on Facebook and Twitter. Plus was telling other runners negative stuff about me. Why? I don't know. I hardly know this person and haven't spoken to this person for a long while (if you're not running the same races, it happens that you don't run into some people for a while). Nor have I ever said anything that could be labelled negative about him/her. Not on Facebook, not on Twitter, not in person. So, why this person is telling everyone that wants to hear it, that 'that b*tch is going down - literally. I'll kick her off of that mountain. That will teach her. I'll show her who's the better ultra runner', is beyond me. I can honestly say that I have no idea at all where this is coming from. Nor have I ever received such messages in the 29 years I'm on this planet. I'm not the girl to fight with people - I don't see the point. Nor do I see the point in disliking anyone (okay, some dictators in the Middle East do deserve a dislike, but that's about it). Live and let live. 

Plus, as for 'who is the better ultra runner' - is this a contest? I'm in it for moi. Not for anyone else. Plus, I'm slowpoke galore. I don't care about which place I finish in. I care about trying to make the check points. And having fun out there. I honestly couldn't care less about who finishes in front of me. Seriously, I hope he/she wins the race. 

It is kind of scary, though.

So, for those of you that are in Chamonix this week for the race and are in one of the races (and in particular the one I'm in) - I'm the girl with Silly Girl Running on her shirt - the girl that's covered in glitter (yeah, I know - there's this twelve year old pageant queen inside of me, that's fighting to get out). And if you notice anyone trying to push me off of a mountain - please warn me. Please. 

Luckily for me, there's this marine that plans on running the same race that I plan on running - he's already offered to use his muscles to help out. ;) Then again, better safe than sorry.

Have you ever dealt with such a weird threat situation?


Pinky said...

wow, really? that just seems very bizarre to me. I would say maybe it's pure jealousy and insecurity coming from her side.

I can say I've been hated for no reason and threatened but to my face and not behind my back (and funnily enough, this was back in school, like 30 years ago; last summer she tried to "friend" me on Facebook!!). I wasn't even in her circle, I think she just was angry and jealous (of what??? I don't know) or insecure.

So put it out of your mind and go kill that mountain!

Renée (I've never posted but I do read your blog)

Anonymous said...

I don't understand either. Have you tried asking her? Anyway, good luck! I'm excited for you and can't wait to read all about it.

Kitty said...

blocken en ontvrienden voor de rest is het advies negeer, negeer, negeer!
Lekker belangrijk zeg!
Geniet van je loopje!

Zaneta @ Runner's Luck said...

wow... some people are just ridiculous! Honestly... you're better than them anyways ;) They're just jealous! ;) Still... be careful, but have fun! Good luck!

Unknown said...

That's crazy. Good luck! Stick tight to the marine.

Shoeff said...

Je bent opvallend en sommige mensen kunnen daar niet zo goed tegen.

Je loopt soms met een hond en mensen vinden dat valsspelen. Zou je daarmee nu altijd voorop lopen, ach zelfs dan nog. Die hond weet ik uit ervaring, kost je alleen maar tijd.

Of je wordt een grijze muis en valt niet meer op en dan zullen mensen niet meer zo reageren. Maar dat is je denk ik niet gegeven.

Voor die mensen die dit soort dingen doen, het zegt meer over hen dan over jou.

Niettemin, als mensen je fysiek gaan bedreigen, dan wordt het wel aardig onconfortable.

Keep on running, keep strong and forget the idiots.

Laat je verder niet provoceren en misschien offline eens een gesprekje met de organisatie voeren. Een pedagogisch gesprek van de organisatie met zo'n gek en een duidelijke waarschuwing helpt misschien.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

That is crazy. Sorry you have to deal with it. I don't know too many ultra runners who are actually at a competetive level against many others than themselves. For those few who are in the "elite" that's great for them. For the rest of us who simply do it for fun, fitness, or whatever personal reason great. As long as that reason does not include harming or threatening someone else.
The sport is better than a few indivduals who participant in it. Rise above their bad behavior and go have a blast!

Run Jess Run said...

I'm sorry that you have to deal with this person that's still stuck in middle school.

Keep running your race and don't be afraid to use the marine:)