30 Apr '14, 5pm

encouragement:

Your "encouragement" is soul crushing. By Scott Martin I was a little more than two miles into a 5K race and I was hurting. As I crested a small hill, I fought to maintain my pace, hoping to PR, and I was failing miserably. While doing my best to fight off the pain, the urge to quit, and the urge to throw up, I had my soul crushed in six words: "Nice job, sir, keep it up." I looked around first for my father because I still can't believe anyone would call me sir. Then I looked for the person who made the comment as they went blazing by me. I had to look down because that person was a young boy, probably no older than 11. Soul. Crushed. This kid was making my 5K pace, which I was fighting so hard to maintain, look like an easy jog. My hard effort looked like a recovery run to this little guy. And there you have it, the reason I do not think it is okay to encourage a strange...

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