“Respect the process”

College student runs Fargo Marathon without training.

That’s not clickbait, that’s an actual headline of an actual story about an actual guy who actually ran a marathon without actually training.

Some thoughts that might initially cross your mind would be “I don’t believe it.” Or, “How did he do it?” Or even, “Wow, that’s amazing!”

The first thought that came to my mind? “What a dick move.”

High fives to this awesome crew of runners, rockin the 4:20 pace group

As the story goes, this guy planned to train, but kept putting it off, never got around to it. Still, he showed up on race day and stepped up to the starting line. Apparently he thought running a marathon was no big deal and do people really need to put in all that time and training to run it?

Let me tell you something, kid. Part of what makes a marathon so special and what makes a marathon runner so remarkable is the weeks and months of dedication they put in, before race day. The training is the true test of grit, determination, and discipline. Running the actual marathon? That’s the reward. The icing on the cake.

Now, this kid does admit that what he did was a really bad idea. After capturing his journey on video, he proved that it was pretty much the most awful experience ever. And that makes me sad. Running a marathon is tough but it can be a great experience.

I’m not even going to touch on the dangerous message this sends to others who feel they don’t need to put in the time and effort, then wind up horribly injured. All I’m going to say is, to me, this comes across as disrespectful and is a giant slap in the face to the people who put in the time to train and run their race.

So, now that’s out of the way, let me put a positive vibe on this blog. Hats off to you, marathon runner! The one who got up before dawn, every Saturday for 16-plus weeks to get in your long run. The one who sacrificed post-work happy hours to make sure you met your weekly mileage goals. The one who followed a diet designed to nourish and fuel your body.

You’re the real story, the ones the local news stations should have celebrated. So, allow me to celebrate you. You rule.

Did you run the Fargo Marathon, or other race recently, after weeks or months of training? Post a comment or tweet me @runlikeagirl311. And if you liked this post and think fellow hardworking runners would too, please share on Facebook or Twitter.

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