Marathon Journal: 4 under 40
February 19, 2010
I actually ran this one yesterday, so I didn’t run this on Friday… I’m just writing on Friday.
But four miles under forty minutes is pretty fast for me. I had to concentrate keeping my pace up for the whole run. In general, I just keep repeating two ideas in my head to speed up; first I try to make sure I feel my thighs working hard and second, I make sure my stride is longer than usual.
There’s still too much mucus in my respiratory system and I can tell my lungs aren’t at 100%.
Part of why I jogged on Wed. and Thursday this week is because I hope to do a decent long run on Saturday or Sunday. Conveniently, the Pasadena Marathon is this weekend and I thought I’d crash it to put in an 18 mile run. This brings up an ethical dilemma I’m having a hard time getting around.
It’s common but a no-no to “steal” a race by showing up without paying the registration fees. But I’m in a unique position because I paid to get into the Pasadena Half Marathon in 2008 which was cancelled. Though they cancelled the event, entrants got no refund… just a tee shirt that ended up costing about seventy five dollars. This is one of those real life situations where a man’s ethics are applied, or swept under the carpet because in my opinion, when most people’s values are challenged we all too willingly give up on them instead of going through some kind of personal loss or turmoil.
So now I have to pay one hundred dollars to join the Pasadena Marathon, though I won’t finish the marathon at all. I don’t want the shirt, I just need the fun of the event to get me to run a good eighteen miles which I may not be able to do anyways given the compromised condition of my lungs. I do feel like Pasadena owes me a race, but I hate more than anything that sense of entitlement, and think our society is at a great loss exactly because character and values are so quickly given up.
In case you’re wondering, I’ll have to do the right thing and I hate doing with just about every fiber of my being. It’s rarely fun to do good, there is no honor or reward, because I’d probably get even more points for being crafty if I pulled off sneaking into a Marathon.
Maybe I’ll just throw the whole damned run into the can and just skip it all.