(Almost) Famous

It all started in March. I was standing at the start of the Shamrock 8K in Virginia Beach, trying not to look conspicuous in my Potomac River Running race team singlet, when I heard “Hey Alison Gittelman! Brenda Barrera, Washington Running Report!” I turned around and there was the familiar face that I’ve seen inside the cover of every Washington Running Report. Of course everyone else turned around to look, too. I felt a bit like a celebrity. Brenda and I chatted for a minute about whether there were other =PR= team members racing – I told her I didn’t think so – and the fact that it was too hot for arm warmers, although Brenda suggested I keep hold of them to wipe off the sweat – very glad I heeded her advice.

And then last month my good friend Lisa decided I should model some running clothes for her blog…despite the fact that I’m 5′ 1″ and clearly don’t have model proportions. And again, I almost felt famous.

But the icing on the cake has to be the Shenandoah County Parks and Rec Spring 2012 Program Guide! My friend and training partner Lester sent me an image of the cover via facebook, saying I was on it. I looked long and hard at the runners featured and didn’t see myself. Then I looked further up the page and realized that was me dismounting my bike at last year’s Strasburg Duathlon (at which I won the women’s division)!

You may need binoculars to see properly but that's me next to "Spring 2012"

What has all this taught me? Absolutely nothing. Except maybe make sure you look good when racing…

When/where were you (almost) famous? How do you make sure you look good at races? I really didn’t care until now, but I guess I might start brushing my hair. 


  1. I was almost famous when I was an extra in the movie White Palace starring James Spader and Susan Sarandon. There is a large pan-out shot of the back of my head and my right shoulder in a red dress. We were there all day – maybe 12 hours, and the scene is about 4 mins.
    I make sure I look good at races by wearing a Digital Running Bondi Band!

    • OMG that is only one of my favorite movies! Will have to watch it again and look for the back of your head! My favorite part is where he gives her the dustbuster as a gift and she flips!

  2. Yayyyy!!!! You are totally famous πŸ™‚
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  3. That is the only time I look good! Haha

    • That is untrue! I’ve seen you look good on other occasions. πŸ˜‰ And to think Tanya and I mercilessly teased you for wearing a little mascara at Cherry Blossom…now I see the point!

  4. So cool you are on that cover! Who knows where you’ll turn up next? ; )

    I have my local magazine photo shoot coming out soon. That’s my 15 minutes!
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