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The Logic of Long Distance
This is the same argument that happens on running boards across the country. Part of the reason why I enjoy RA is this type of argument rarely if ever surfaces. One side holds a gross generalization about how "fast" runners are assholes who don't give slower runners enough credit for the work they do, and the other side holds a gross generalization about how "slow" runners can't understand the amount of effort put into getting fast.The fact that this argument recurs frequently and vehemently should be some indication that both of these positions are misunderstandings.
We all run for a variety of reasons, and I may never understand why it is that you run. In fact, I don't really care to know why you run. It makes me happy, though, to have a community of folks to share my hopes, setbacks, questions, experience, and successes in running. I take inspiration from many of you. But to take inspiration from someone is rarely, in my opinion, to understand them. In fact, what inspires me is when people do things that are beyond my comprehension. Like Ryan Hall running 2:08:24. Or CallieB transforming herself into a marathon runner. Asking which is the greater accomplishment is like arguing over whether sunrises are generally more beautiful than sunsets. I don't really care. I'm just glad that those kinds of color cross the sky.
When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
I've got a fever...
On your deathbed, you won't wish that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will wish that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, you wouldn't be on your deathbed.