I am not going to deconstruct this entire eye-popping slag heap of obvious falsehoods, brazen internal contradictions, and all-around weirdness -- yet. But I do want to point out a few things:
- The author claims that she "had a coach who was helping me for free" in or around 2008. This much is mostly true -- the arrangement she's talking about began in October 2009, and she paid her coach a total of $160 over a period lasting about 18 months and covering two different coaching stints -- but it clearly doesn't mesh with this claim of being self-coached between the ages of 18 and 34.
- The author was never a professional runner -- not before 2008, as she claims, and certainly not at any point afterward. There is a difference between doing nothing but running because you're unemployed, and making a few bucks in the bargain because you're fairly fast, and being paid to run.
- The author wrote: "I coach a 55 year old guy that had never run a marathon or more than 25 miles in a week. Within 6 months, I had him up to 80-85 miles in a week and qualified for the Boston Marathon. He ran a PR at Boston that year." None of this is true and most of it is impossible. For quite a few years now, entries for a given Boston Marathon, a race held on the third Monday of April, have closed sometime the previous fall. For this year's race, registration opened on September 12, 2016 and closed nine days later. Now, I suppose given the author's scattershot and imprecise prose that she could have meant "ran a PR at Boston the following year" -- but I know she never coached such a person because she would have told me. And even if this apocryphal tale about moving a 55-year-old runner from a lifetime high of 25 miles in a week to 80-85 miles a week within six months were true, it would only make the "coach" an extremely untrustworthy advisor.
All in all, she shows that she's aware of not writing for an audience from which she intends to attract coaching clients, but shows a remarkable lack of awareness of how easy it is for any sentient person to read between the lines of some of her claims and immediately recognize them as lies. And again, I could go into great detail about those, but I'm a little pressed for time and, despite the fact that this person actively waged a pointless and unjustified but highly energetic war on me for a long time and may not be done with that project just yet, I almost -- almost feel bad for her.