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    Marathons and Running

    OK, the skinny fat/thread reminded me of something that has me ****** about The Biggest Loser, and the whole fitness craze. I get it, these people were beyond obese, and they cut weight and now they are going to run a marathon. They do it, and imo, regardless of their time, they accomplished something pretty cool. Why do they have to sensationalize it so much? I feel like 'runners' in general, stretch the truth about distances, and times more and more today.

    First of all, to me, if you say, "I ran a Marathon", it means You RAN a marathon, not I ran for a while, then walked, then ran. This seems to be all the rage now. I can't stand it when some cougar is bragging about running marathons, half marathons, and then you find out their mile splits are like 18 minutes.

    I run a little bit before lifting almost daily, but I'm probably the farthest thing from a runner. It seems like I'm finding people lie about their treadmill speeds, mile splits worse then their performance at the casino. In the Biggest Loser marathon this week, the older guy, Guido Dan, or whatever his name is, was saying he was happy to be running a 9 minute mile. I know what a 9 minute mile looks like, and he was not running a 9 minute mile. I also can't stand how Jillian talks about how some cow is running like a 12 on the treadmill. Give me a break. If some of those people go above a 9.0 on a treadmill, their going to first smash their face, then the back of their melon on the wall behind them.

    I think I just need to go back to smoking and drinking.....generally, people don't obnoxiously compare how much and how fast they poor Stoli's down their gullet. Or exaggerate how many Camel's they heezed down the night before.


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    Re: Marathons and Running

    While I agree with most of your post, I still am not sure I understand why you made it? Is there a specific point or question in there?



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    Re: Marathons and Running

    Quote Originally Posted by linkshero View Post
    I think I just need to go back to smoking and drinking.....generally, people don't obnoxiously compare how much and how fast they poor Stoli's down their gullet. Or exaggerate how many Camel's they heezed down the night before.
    Apparently you weren't around some of the big talking drinkers I was around back in the day...

    By the way, you should have been at the Reindeer Run up here in the Twin Cities last weekend. About 4000 people running (most of 'em) a 5K in a half a foot of fresh snow. That was a trip. By the way I would tell you what I ran it in, but you'd just think I was exaggerating.


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    Re: Marathons and Running

    Quote Originally Posted by linkshero View Post
    OK, the skinny fat/thread reminded me of something that has me ****** about The Biggest Loser, and the whole fitness craze. I get it, these people were beyond obese, and they cut weight and now they are going to run a marathon. They do it, and imo, regardless of their time, they accomplished something pretty cool. Why do they have to sensationalize it so much? I feel like 'runners' in general, stretch the truth about distances, and times more and more today.

    First of all, to me, if you say, "I ran a Marathon", it means You RAN a marathon, not I ran for a while, then walked, then ran. This seems to be all the rage now. I can't stand it when some cougar is bragging about running marathons, half marathons, and then you find out their mile splits are like 18 minutes.

    I run a little bit before lifting almost daily, but I'm probably the farthest thing from a runner. It seems like I'm finding people lie about their treadmill speeds, mile splits worse then their performance at the casino. In the Biggest Loser marathon this week, the older guy, Guido Dan, or whatever his name is, was saying he was happy to be running a 9 minute mile. I know what a 9 minute mile looks like, and he was not running a 9 minute mile. I also can't stand how Jillian talks about how some cow is running like a 12 on the treadmill. Give me a break. If some of those people go above a 9.0 on a treadmill, their going to first smash their face, then the back of their melon on the wall behind them.

    I think I just need to go back to smoking and drinking.....generally, people don't obnoxiously compare how much and how fast they poor Stoli's down their gullet. Or exaggerate how many Camel's they heezed down the night before.

    I completed a few marathons in my life, and I know very few people that RAN the entire thing. We all stop and walk a bit.

    Usually when these people do a 12 on a treadmill, they do it for 10 - 20 seconds. There is no way they can do a 12 for long. My best treadmill mile is just under 7 min, and I hurt so bad during it. But I am old fat and slow.


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    Re: Marathons and Running

    goes back to the 'everyone deserves a ribbon' theory



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    Re: Marathons and Running

    **** running and more importantly **** marathons.


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    Re: Marathons and Running

    Quote Originally Posted by dualthreat View Post
    goes back to the 'everyone deserves a ribbon' theory
    I agree. It seems like now days, you are rewarded just for participating when in reality you should only be rewarded for competeing.


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    Re: Marathons and Running

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    I completed a few marathons in my life, and I know very few people that RAN the entire thing. We all stop and walk a bit.

    Usually when these people do a 12 on a treadmill, they do it for 10 - 20 seconds. There is no way they can do a 12 for long. My best treadmill mile is just under 7 min, and I hurt so bad during it. But I am old fat and slow.
    This is spot on. I've "ran" a marathon too because its a PITA to try and drink Gatorade/water 20 miles into a run without going down to a damn near walking pace.

    And I've done a 4:40 mile on the treadmill....sooooooo not worth it. Your knees hurt like a ***** at the end.



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    Re: Marathons and Running

    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    I agree. It seems like now days, you are rewarded just for participating when in reality you should only be rewarded for competeing.
    A year ago I'da said its a joke all the finishers in a marathon get a medal, but after doing it, everyone that finishes that ******* thing deserves some cheap *** medal they rape you for in the entrance fee. Marathon is by far the hardest thing I've done physically in my life.



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    Re: Marathons and Running

    Athens never would have heard about the victory so soon if the dude didnt SPRINT the hilly trail the whole way.



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    Re: Marathons and Running

    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    **** running and more importantly **** marathons.
    I love this coming from you considering your avatar.


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    Athens never would have heard about the victory so soon if the dude didnt SPRINT the hilly trail the whole way.
    Yeah, but the story goes the dude dropped dead after delivering the message.


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    Re: Marathons and Running

    I completed Grandma's marathon in just under 4 hours and weighed 220lbs at the time. I probably ended up walking a mile or two because I was in such pain. At about the 18 mile mark I started walking through the drink stations that were every mile and then by about 23 I would walk for 2 minutes and then try to run for 5.


    Would it be ok if I said that I ran a marathon even though I'm slow?



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    Re: Marathons and Running

    I agree that with what I think the original point of this thread was making (I think). I haven't tried a marathon, but have completed many half marathons (yes, running 1:30 - 1:40 range, with a trot here and there for hydrating). To say that you ran a marathon/half marathon when your pace was above even 11 minute miles is strectching the reality of your accomplishment.

    It's great that people are trying to better themselves, so kudos on that point. But don't claim to have run the event when someone in good shape could have walked the event with the same time.

    Now as far as the bragging goes....my fastest mile was a 4:32 when I was 17....I wish I could still pull that off



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    Re: Marathons and Running

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I completed Grandma's marathon in just under 4 hours and weighed 220lbs at the time. I probably ended up walking a mile or two because I was in such pain. At about the 18 mile mark I started walking through the drink stations that were every mile and then by about 23 I would walk for 2 minutes and then try to run for 5.


    Would it be ok if I said that I ran a marathon even though I'm slow?
    Under 4 hours is very respectable. Credit awarded.



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