How Slow is too Slow?
Somebody on Twitter gave a link to a blog article. The Blog was titled ‘Can’t Run a Marathon in under 6 hours, don’t run a Marathon’. It was a strange blog as to me it came from a position of arrogance. It was more like ‘I don’t like sharing a race with slow people’.
A Marathon distance is an iconic distance for people. Many non runners just do one just to say they’ve done a Marathon. The thing is who are we to judge how fast people run one. Many experienced Runners have gotten injuries mid Marathon and pushed to finish them at a lot slower pace than they would normally. The other thing how do we know what life changing events have brought people to the decision to run a Marathon?
Eddie Kidd was a Motorcycle Stuntman in 1996 he had an accident that left him brain damaged. In 2011 he started the London Marathon in a specially designed walking frame. He finished nearly 2 months later. So are we to say he shouldn’t have started because he was too slow? Watch the video it’s one of the most awesome things you’ll ever see.
Here’s another fantastic Runner from 2011. Fauja Singh who was 100 at the time running a Marathon in 8 hrs 25 minutes. Now who are we to say these people are too slow or that they should stick to shorter distances. It can easily be argued that the achievement for running for 8 hours is more impressive than running for 3 hours. Why judge? We are all runners running for our own personal reasons and goals and the speed we run should have no bearing on how we see others or ourselves.
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