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The Logic of Long Distance
To me, no, it doesn't matter at all who else is there. I don't feel any more or less about my effort, because it's just that, my effort. I like small races, but it has nothing to do with my placement in the field. I just think they're friendlier.
Chances are, I'm never going to get to talk to any of the elites on race day, especially at a real big race, so if they show up, hey cool, I ran a race with elite runners in it.
I will admit to looking at times, sure. And to some extent, it is to see what I need to be running to move up in the ranks of that race. If I see a race where all the times are consistently slow, I think it's gotta be a tough course, and I might be more interested in doing it.
Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head." - Joe Henderson
Ricky —our ability to perform up to our physiological potential in a race is determined by whether or not we truly psychologically believe that what we are attempting is realistic. Anton Krupicka
When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
E.J.Greater Lowell Road RunnersCry havoc and let slip the dawgs of war!May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your SPF30, may the rains fall soft upon your sweat-wicking hat, and until you hit the finish line may The Flying Spaghetti Monster hold you in the hollow of His Noodly Appendage.
Funny that cars travel the roads for free everyday, effectively blocking the free passage of runners; but to block cars from the road to allow for a marathon requires a contribution to municipal funds. It's a crooked piece of time that we're living.
And hey Dawg! I'm considering coming up for the Manchester Half - any idea what the course is like?
The roads were built for cars, not runners.