You A’int Going far, right!?
I saw this posted by April over at Running Rocks and I just had to repost it. I don’t know why we think this—perhaps compensation or something “deep” like that—but I can guarantee that every runner has thought it at some point, be it true or not. The great thing is we will never know if its true! (Unless of course you follow the other runner and then out distance them when they stop at their house…which would be kind creepy.) We use this sort of “mental ammo” as a kind of boast, a way to make ourselves feel better and push ourselves further (especially on a difficult run).
I don’t think there is anything wrong with that either. Sometimes that is what you have to do to get yourself through a tough spot. It’s not personal; you aren’t being vindictive—just having some fun and helping yourself out. I’ve heard it said that running is 90% mental and the rest is in your head.
(Our “thoughts and feelings” category is for posts exactly like this one: it might not make a whole lot of sense, but blogging is just catharsis actualized, right? :))