“I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I'm damned if I'm going to use up mine running up and down a street.”
I just thought that was a funny quote...
So I am completely new to this running thing, and have learned about things I never knew about before this little adventure. Like negative splits, Yassos, tempo runs, and pace groups. I turned to the blog world and started reading some running blogs to get more information. Of course, all the blogs are of runners who run sub 9-minute miles, but at least I can dream because there is no way in hell I can ever run a sub 9-minute mile.
Anyhow, one blog I like to read is Tall Mom on the Run. She's funny (and EXTREMELY FAST) and gives good information about products. She wrote a post about bandits - people who run races without being registered. I have read plenty of posts about people who had people jump in marathons and run a few miles with their friends just to get them through it. I have asked my neighbor and friend to run a mile or two with me at the OBX Half Marathon, and I don't see what the problem is with that. Maybe "real bandits" run most of the race, but helping me out for a few miles I think is okay. Heck, I read plenty of race reports of the Chicago marathon of people jumping in and running with friends for a few miles.
I guess the serious runners see them as people taking advantage of the closed roads and such. Really? I can see if a runner runs the whole race without registering, but hopping into the race to help out a friend, I don't see anything wrong with it. I get it with the smaller races of 300 or less. Maybe they should just register. But the race I am doing is sold out, and is by no means small.
So that's my 2 cents for the day.