[Oh happy day! Positivity Wednesday's just wonderful! When I happened to
be stumbling around earlier, looking for some sweet creature to applaud,
none other than the "ULTRA Birthday Daemon" himself (whose keeper is Dave
Combs) showed up at two-in-the-morning and happily informed that an old
(nah, not so old) friend of mine is celebrating her "day" today. BAM!
(Thanks, Paige ;) How could I *not* therefore combine a "Happy Birthday"
greeting with a TMIWITW post? Yup, she's Jane Moser (now Cox) and I knew
her "back in the day" in Wisconsin, I used to (amazingly unsuccessfully)
chase her all over Madison, Milwaukee, the Kettle Moraine, and Northern
Illinois to boot. She was so famous, peeps by the thousands used to brag
her up while running alongside me. I just now did a little research myself,
and BOOM: here she is athletically:
And here she is prosaically, as remembered by my good buddy Bill Thom:
She was running the LT100 (no surprise) in 2006, having by then moved to
Colorado, and Bill's got her cited in his 11th and last paragraphs--while
I've got her remembered as just "awesome."]
Her marathon reputation used to be announced by Public Address Systems
before the start of every race. Even when they were only 5Ks. Even when
she wasn't even entered in the race.
She was once known as "The Idol of Millions," and those were only old
Today she would most likely win the "American Idol" competition if the
criteria were footspeed rather than vocal cords.
The one and only time this writer ever caught up with her was in the middle
of the night in the middle of a Wisconsin 100-miler, and that was because
both ankles were broken, her stomach was inside-out, and the paramedics had
long ago advised her to stop.
The only women who have ever beaten her have also beaten all others at the
She has run more just for practice than most Indy racecars have run for
real. And generally at higher RPMs.
Once when all the gods on Mount Olympus begged for her nectar, she laid a
hocker in a thimble and they all passed the cup and were satisfied.
She is currently allowed to run in forests only after it rains, because the
sparks from her heels have all-too-often started fires.
Off-the-cuff training advice she's given has been translated into thirty
languages and sold by affiliates of Rodale Press worldwide--several times
daily in every single e-mail Inbox on the planet.
And while today the world celebrates her being here and inspiring it for
over five decades, she doesn't look to be a day over 21.
She is The Most Interesting Woman in the World.
"I don't always enter long races; but when I do, someone else will write
about it. Stay motivated, my friends."
( 00 )
See (and hear) some originals:
["That 800-year-old lute plucker from France"]
Yankee Folly of the Day:
There are eight million stories in "The Naked City," but most of the
best-looking ones wear running shoes.