15 Oct '15, 6pm

Ditch the disclaimer: why you shouldn't apologize for your race distance #nomarathon #doyou

Ditch the disclaimer: why you shouldn't apologize for your race distance #nomarathon #doyou

Waiting in an endless line for Porta Potty at the Empire State Marathon and Half , I stood behind two women: runner A and runner B, respectively. Here’s what I heard. Runner A: What a great day to run 26.2. Runner B: It’s beautiful. But I’m ONLY running the half today. I butted in. I couldn’t help it. “Don’t say that!” I exclaimed. “I’m running the half, too, and I CHOSE to run it over the marathon. Running 13.1 miles is still a big deal! Crickets. Nothing but crickets. Why do runners feel the need to provide a disclaimer for running anything less than the premiere event? Maybe it’s because we live in a culture of extremes. We have coworkers who are Ironmen; friends of friends who run ultra marathons; acquaintances on Facebook who share highlights of their 90+ mile weeks with maddening nonchalance. It’s easy to let our personal accomplishments pale if we compare them to ot...

Full article: http://blog.walkjogrun.net/2014/07/22/ditch-the-disclaime...

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