I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours
|March 31, 2011||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
So last night I had my first emotional break down of Ironman training.
There were tears, there was sweat, there was leftover pizza and wine. It wasn’t pretty.
But today is a new day and I’m feeling like a sweaty rock star again after a very subpar week of training.
Last night, for the first time all week I actually motivated to face the horrific, over-crowded night scene at the gym to get a solid double in AND I was back at 5:30 this morning to rock my best fish-face for 3100 meters of swimming.
Nothing like quality sweating to make a girl feel better.
At the end of the National Half Marathon, I spent the next few hours wandering around and chatting with other runners about their race performances.
And while the first words out of every runner’s mouth (including mine) were “How did you do?”
Almost no one uttered the phrase “what was your time?” Or shared their time without being asked to fork it over.
(editor’s note: posting the above picture of Ali in this post is totally just because she’s adorable and wears leg warmers. we actually DID discuss her exact, bomb-ass time when we ran into each other.)
There seems to be a stigma in the running community about asking people to share their race times. Or sharing yours without being asked.
It reminds me of being in college when a professor would pass an exam back. You would most certainly ask your classmate “how did you do?” to which they might respond “I did well.” or “man I really bombed that mother-effer” but rarely did anyone announce their test score.
I am totally guilty of practicing this odd running ritual. There are very few people who I have on speed dial to share my race times with and their name is my mother.
Have other people picked up on this aspect of the endurance sport culture?
Will you outright ask people their times at the end of a race?
Or share yours without being prompted?
Are we too competitive? Too concerned about bragging in a sea of Type A Sweat Addicts?
I’m really curious to hear your thoughts. The Rocketship even picked up on this and commented about how peculiar he found it after spectating his first race.