Creepy Facebook God of Running

admin | April 2, 2010 in Endurance,Running,WordSmatter | Comments (4)


Okay…that did NOT just happen.

I’m poking around online, picking up pieces of runner stuff before jumping into something really work-related. Checking out training blogs from some of my fellow runners, dropping Team McGraw notices into Facebook, posting up pictures from a recent event.

I jump into Running with Snakes, a running blog that first catches my eye via the tagline by musician Ani DiFranco on the homepage: “The finish line is a shifty thing…and what is life, but reckoning?”

Okay, the quote is the second thing that grabbed my attention; the first thing is probably the word snakes.

The author juggles ultramarathoning and mommy-hood, and I stumble onto a fun entry titled “Running Should Be Free, Man,” where she notes the expense of big marathon events, the addictiveness of finishers’ medals, and her return to the simple joy of the run.

I log onto her site, post a comment, and receive the expected verification notice to assure that I’m not some pulseless computerized spammer. I type in supessec as directed. Accepted.

I then wander over to a blog called Push Me…I Need You! I’ve never been here before. It appears that Amy – author, runner, and push-ee – has started this blog as a tool to solicit motivating participation from other runners.

Again…log in, my two cents. Verify, please. Type in henur. Accepted.

Time to find a push of my own. I pay a visit to Coach Kevin Leathers’ blog, Can’t Stop Endurance. His new training post spotlights pace training, sharpening the sword. I can use a little sharpening. Excellent.

Log in and enter my response. Security check. The word is aphrida. Accepted.

Though I’ve done this before, for some reason, I’m especially aware this time that the three “words” serving as the keys to admission of my comments are not even words. I think they might be, and I am curious, but after typing supessec, henur, and then aphrida into my laptop dictionary, I find nothing.

Huh. Before logging off, I stop by to drop something onto the Facebook page for the ING Philadelphia Distance Run. (Now officially the ING Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.) I’ve run it the last two years, and though I can’t make it this fall, Team McGraw will be there…so it’s time to beat the drum.

Same drill. Log in, add my comment. This time, I’m asked for two words…

The…runner.

Uh…(quick glance back over my shoulder)…uh…yeah…


4 Responses to “Creepy Facebook God of Running”

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  1. Comment by JulesApril 3, 2010 at 12:13 am  

    Hey Babe~
    Some nights facebook security checks can be rather amusing. HA HA! Thanks for sharing some great links! Have a safe and blessed Easter weekend! 😉

    Big Hug,
    Jules 😉

  2. Comment by ChristineApril 3, 2010 at 11:48 pm  

    Wow… is that creepy, and pretty amazing at the same time!

    In response, all I can say is that I’ve had some strange words come up when I’ve had to verify for security reasons. And have often wondered if these “words are really words”, or just a lot of jibberish. But when “The Runner” comes up as clearly as it did on your page, all I can really say is….. “Ya gotta believe”!

    Thanks for sharing this experience. It kind of gave me goosebumps after I read it!

  3. Comment by Kate M — April 7, 2010 at 10:11 am  

    I checked out the Running with Snakes blog. AMAZING. I am sending it on to all my mommy friends to encourage them to take up running….I always hear the excuse there is no time with kids, but clearly, this gal makes it work! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Comment by Stacy — April 7, 2010 at 11:10 am  

    Now how do you like that! Guess the title has to fit when it comes at you out of nowhere like that! Take care sweetness! Keep them legs a’runnin’. Blessings & hugs to ya, McMahon!

    ~Stacy

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