after reading this (http://www.mensracing.com/athletes/interviews/adamgoucher02.html) interview with adam goucher, ritz' blog and pre's biography in the last few days, i've been overwhelmed by the seemingly obvious narcissism involved in professional distance running. there are several other examples (ryan hall's view of god in relation to his races comes to mind), but i'll save you from the list.
delusions of grandeur, consequential depression or inflated self-esteem depending on how close they are to achieving their goals, rationalizations for failure and a complete obsession with an entirely vain and self-serving activity have caused me respect these guys very little/pity them in the years since my teenage admiration of them.
i know that other pro-athletes are pretty bad, but, despite the average football player's proclamations of greatness, i'm starting to believe that the pure obsession involved in a pro-distance runner's lifestyle makes them the most self-absorbed of all.
do you think the mind-set of some of these guys is admirable? would they benefit running-wise if they were less consumed by they're fantasies?
runner's like solinsky and wheating (rarities, i believe) seem to have a "go with the flow/i'm lucky to be here" attitude that i believe benefits them.
are most running headcases essentially just suffering from mass narcissistic injury after failing to run as fast as they'd imagined while day-dreaming on their easy runs?
i think it'd be an interesting inquiry.