I did not plan on writing but there is an article going around the running world that makes me ragey.
Dear Patrick at Run Steady-
You make me ragey.
In your article Can’t run a marathon under 6 hours? Don’t run a marathon. you make it perfectly clear that the marathons are for the elite.
For the record, I am not a 6+ marathon’er. I am in the 5 hour club. (My PR is 5:25 in Seattle). Some of the best and most inspiring people in my life are sub 7’s.
I am a former Portland Marathon course marshall. I was always at the cut off point for people to start taking the side walk (the post 6 finishers) and it has not been due to lack of training. If anything they have worked just as hard and there are a lot of marathons that allow them to be able to continue.
Honestly, I think you would be surprised at how many people really there are in the back of the pack. Race directors are seeing this and work
This is the comment that really got to me.
“Agree with most all the points you made. Would love to see more of an effort to protect the sport of marathon. Doing 26.2 at a walking pace cheapens the sport and does not create long term runners or cultivate safe running”
UGHHH! Where do I start?
The whole idea that walking cheapens the sport is ridiculous. I have made it known for years I am a die hard run-walk Galloway method girl. It has helped me stay almost injury free. The sport for us is different. Our sport is to be a better version of ourselves. For me as a pacer to, it is to help and motivate those who want to finish.
It just boggles me that there is so much snobbery out there.
Running is truly a sport for everyone. Not just those who can rack sub 10 min miles all the time. Its for those who want to find their fearless (had to do it, I am a 261 Ambassador), their strength and how amazing they can be.
Short blog. Just wanted to get that off my brain because the more I read the comments.
The more ragey I get.