Portland Hobby Jogger wrote:
Semantics. If you are not professional then it is a hobby. Speed doesn't matter and is a compensation tactic for people trying to boost their ego, cover insecurity, or justify the money and time spent pursuing their hobby.
I have no issue with folks enjoying their running on whatever level they see fit. I also cop to being an elitist prick about my "local greatness" as a much younger man. In retrospect, it was all arrogance and conceit. There are a lot of youngsters on this board and I will tell you that in 20-30 years, no one will care that you ran 14:XX in your youth or made All-America in college. When you reach middle age, being an outstanding mate, father, leader, etc. is far more important than some random athletic thing you did two decades ago or sacrificing life success to be the fastest old man in town.
I've seen quite a few failed marriages, broken families, and stunted careers due to an obsession with being "better" than "those slow, fat charity joggers and power walkers". For what? A 50 cent medal and another t-shirt? At the end of the day, if you are not making a living from your racing exploits, then you are pursuing a hobby. Neither you nor Mr. 10 Minute Pace will be remembered or celebrated in our sport's history books.
You are spending way too much time thinking about this. Suggest you go for a run. err, in your case a 10 min/mile jog.