While we’ve all heard about and seen the runners who run with the bulls during the “Running of the Bulls” in Pamplona, Spain and have to wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to do that, it’s also equally amazing to hear some of the comments abounding at local racing events, whether it’s a 5K, 10K or something longer.
Sometimes you hear more “bull” at a race than shows up on the street after the spectacle in Pamplona!
The runner who goes on and on about the sub 7-minute mile pace he or she is going to run. Who cares? Nobody else does so put a lid on it. Let’s see what you look like at the end of the race (again, nobody else cares).
Or, what about the runner we just happened to ask (big mistake) how they are doing only to have to listen to a monologue about their training miles, their PR (Personal Record), races won etc. Time to excuse ourselves and go to the Porta Potty!
How about the runners taking “selfies”. You haven’t even started yet; let’s see what you look like after you’ve finished the race, bet you don’t take a selfie at the finish line!
Hey, I get it. You did the training, you put in the miles, you signed up and showed up and you completed the race. That’s a great personal accomplishment, something for you to be proud of. Hang your finishers’ medal in your bedroom, den or home office; it’s a great source of motivation!
But guess what, the people in your office don’t want to hear about it, your co-workers don’t want to hear about it and, in all likelihood, your friends and family don’t want to hear about it.
So be proud of what you did, congratulate your self and then go out for a recovery run and get ready for the next race.