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Poster: No expert
Subject: RE: Guess what % of marathoners broke 3 hours in 2007?
Body: I'm always perplexed how people think they can accurately determine how hard other people train, how fast they are capable of running, and how hard they are trying just by looking at a finishing time. Should I assume all those who run a 2:30 marathon can drop 10-15 minutes off their times if they would just "try as a hard as they can?" After all, that's still 25 minutes short of the world record. Lots of room for improvement.
My thought... if running for 5 hours sounds so easy, then why aren't we all moving up to the ultra marathons?
If the masses think runners of elite stature are looking down their noses at the common runner, perhaps that's why said people have lost interest in running as a sport and now only think of it as a way to stay in shape.
Some things to ponder.....
Big flipping deal, what you really saw was a boatload of people who refuse to "try as hard as they can" the other 364 days out of the year. Your pal just wasn't cut-out for distance running competitively, there's no shame in that. Doesn't mean that he or anyone else automatically deserves my respect or admiration, that's a dumb claim. I'm not so sure that the sport would really be worse without their so-called support.
In April of 2007, I ran my slowest-ever marathon, 3:09 in Paris, and it also was one of the most meaningful and important runs that I have ever done.
I started waaaaay back with the 4 and 5 hour folks, passing over 10,000 people during my journey around Paris, one of the most incredible cities in the world. Also, I found the Parisians to be some of the kindest and most hospitable people in the world.
During this marathon, I developed a deep respect for the people who take much more time to finish a marathon than myself. I will no longer call them "slow," because they are trying as hard as they can. One of my best friends in the world has a best time of 4:25, and I don't think that he'll ever run faster than this again.
The people who run these 4-6 hour marathons are supporting our beloved sport in innumerable ways, so they deserve our utmost RESPECT and ADMIRATION. Most of you know damn well how humbling and painful the marathon is.
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