A little behind on this, since my issue of Runner's World arrived so late to my mailbox this month, but ...
... did you see the little story on Page 24 about the Charlotte kid who SLEPT IN A PORTA-POTTY the night before he won a race down in S.C.??
Here's the item:
Justin Weber, 18, a college freshman from Charlotte, North Carolina, couldn't afford a hotel stay before the Folly Beach 10-Miler near Charleston, South Carolina, in November. A rainstorm kept him from camping outside. So Weber spent the night in a porta-potty. The cramped quarters didn't hurt his race time: He won in 1:02.This begs oh-so-many questions, Justin my man. Among them:
"I sat on the seat lid and leaned back against the wall. I actually got a good night's sleep. The stall was clean, and I was right by the beach, so it was soothing listening to the waves."
- How did you get from here to there in the first place? Apparently not by driving yourself -- otherwise, you would have slept in your car AND NOT TWO FEET ABOVE FESTERING PILES OF ... well, you know what.
- College requires money. 3.5 hours of travel requires money. Training yourself to run at a speed of 10 miles per hour for 62 minutes -- somewhere along the way, that kind of dedication requires money. Could you or your parents not have sprung for, at minimum, a Wal-Mart pup tent? Short of that, I mean, aren't there bridges or awnings that provide shelter from the rain in Folly Beach?
- A "clean" porta-potty? Isn't that an oxymoron? I can barely stand to be in one for 30 seconds without puking in my mouth. A whole night??
- Do you know why you've never opened the door of a porta-potty to find a homeless person sleeping on the seat? (OK, I'll take this one myself: Because even they're not that desperate.)