Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 1: 6 miles down, 44 to go.

Aside from some treacherous icy patches, a few huge puddles, and one irresponsible driver who splashed me at mile 5, it was a pleasant run. My legs are still a little plankish from yesterday's 18 miler so my form was rigid and lacked any hint of fluidity. Normally I take Monday's off following a long run on Sunday, but someone set a silly goal of running 50 miles in one week so what's a guy to do? I had actually planned on running 10 today, but wisely changed the plan before I left. I'm down to 2 thin layers, a ball cap, and thin gloves and still I was a little warm.
Today's running rule that your mama never told you is...
Running Rule 2: Unless you're an elite runner or you're going for a BQ, never blow past someone at the finish line of a marathon or half-marathon. Respect the guy in front of you and give him/ her some space to finish with dignity. The finish line can be highly emotional and for many, a life altering experience, especially for the virgin marathoner.
Be sensitive and be aware that you can steal that moment from someone by being inconsiderate. Two years ago at the finish line of The Toronto Marathon I was scooped by about a dozen relay runners 25 feet from the finish line. It was a hard race and I focussing all my energy on crossing the line when I was ambushed from behind by a mob of faux-runners in cotton! The moment was stolen!
So dear runner, resist the ninja moves at the finish line. Cross the line with grace and dignity and always respect your fellow runners. Give them a little room. They earned the finish line too!
It's a good day to be alive.
Mike
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