So there was an article in our local paper about marathon runners and such. You can read the full article here.
Basically it was saying that more and more individuals are running marathons that ever before, and the elite few that can do a sub-4 hour marathon are pissed with the slow people. One woman even states, "It's a joke to run a marathon by walking every other mile or by finishing in six, seven, eight hours."
Seriously? I think running a marathon is a pretty cool accomplishment, whether it takes you 3 hours or 10. More power to the people getting off their couches and taking on running. And if you want an elite race, then qualify for the Boston marathon and run that.
And I still think a marathon has a "mystique" regardless of how long it takes you to run it. I will never do a marathon as I think it would be a challenge my body would not like very much. I know my body (basically my knees) and challenging myself to a half marathon is just enough, thank you very much.
And are the slow people actually slowing you down? Do they make you run a slower race? Probably not. I am actually signed up to be in the 3 hour corral for the half marathon, and I am pretty sure I will finish it much better than that.
What's your take?