"Er, a, learn, where?"
"From your race meathead!"
"I learned that running by my car 28 times is as hard as you would think."
"Didn't you already know that?"
"Well, not precisely that, I mean I'd never tried it."
"But did it really surprise you?"
"Er, a, I can't say that it did."
"So, what'd you learn?"
"Running behind a 26-year old hot ...."
"Stop, you already knew that too!"
"Er, yeah, ok, I reckon I did. So, digging a little deeper, I have ascertained (it's a real word, I looked it up) that not all of us have the same goals when we run. I always just assumed that we shared the goals of finishing as fast as we can. Turns out that isn't the case. I did not know that.
I don't care if the race is free or has a $1,000 dinero entry fee, if I'm there, I'm giving it the old college try (er, grad school, I didn't really try very hard at all in undergrad.) Now I understand if you are using the race as a training run that your goal might be to run 50 miles, and that's fine. But if you are there for the race, run the race, is the way I have always thought. Again, not everyone thinks that way. I learned that some people just enjoy running and they don't believe that there is much nobility in overcoming adversity an not giving in to pain.
Ok, I learned that, but I still think they are wrong. As Tyler Derden asked in the most excellent film, Fight Club, "How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?"
Well, some of them city folks scrapped perdy good, we just scrapped a little bit better!