Welcome, Friends, to Dumb Runner

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Hello! And welcome to Dumb Runner.

Or, in the words of Lili von Shtupp: "Willkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome. C'mon in."

What is Dumb Runner? In essence, Dumb Runner is a website for runners who enjoy laughter and pie. If that describes you, you should feel right at home here. If it doesn't, well... I still hope you'll be able to find something useful or amusing here every now and again, whether it's a product review, an Ask Dumb Runner question-and-answer, a "news" article, or training advice.

(For more on what Dumb Runner is, and what it is not, click here.) (For more on who Dumb Runner is, click here.)

I am excited and terrified, in equal parts, to finally be able to share Dumb Runner with you. Excited, because I'm proud of what I've created and looking forward to having some fun with it. Terrified, because this is something new and what if it's a huge flop? Like, a Crystal Pepsi-level flop? What then? I may have to go back to exotic dancing.

Time will tell.

You should know, by the way, that I originally intended to launch this website a week ago but it wasn't ready. Frankly, I still don't feel like it's ready. But eventually I realized that if I waited until the site was "ready," I would never launch it. So here we are.

My goals with Dumb Runner are to have a few laughs; share some helpful information, particularly with those just starting out; and generally demystify and declutter running, a wonderfully simple pursuit that we've somehow managed to make complicated. Also to foster a genuine sense of kinship and community. Among dumb runners.

I'm counting on you, my readers, to let me know how I'm doing and to offer thoughts and suggestions in addition to your questions. Please don't hesitate to drop me a line anytime. I'll do my best to respond to everyone who takes the time to write. Meanwhile, please forgive any typos, broken links, rough edges, or exposed wiring. Much like me, Dumb Runner is a work in progress.

Now get yourself over here. And put that hand down! Brothers don't shake hands!

Yours Truly,

Mark Remy
Dumb Runner #0001