I signed up for a running race. 3000m indoors. This coming Saturday. My running friend from college was trying to persuade me to sign up for the mile as well. And race in spikes. But I am not signing up for the mile because I do not think that my ego will survive being lapped twice in a mile (I do not mind being lapped twice in a 3k though. I think. I will let you know on Sat.) And I am not racing in spikes because I do not want anyone to get hurt and really, who needs spikes when running 6min miles, right?
I am not 100% sure that this won’t irritate my ITB. But I am not sure about running on roads either or running more than 50min and I do that anyway, thus I will risk it this time as well.
Now the intriguing part:
In almost every race report I read in blogosphere people say “I worked so hard”, “I gave all I had”, “I gave 100%”, “I was running so fast that I wondered whether I was going to puke” and similar “claims”. I can never say that after my races (ok, in 400m and 800m a long time ago but in longer distances no). Which either means that I am the only loser that cannot give it all, or people are just saying plain bullshit. Or maybe people have no idea what giving 100% truly means and they think they are doing it because it hurts but in reality they are not. Or there are different kinds of hurt. I think that’s it (because I do not think that people are lying (maybe they are lying to themselves though...) and I definitely will not admit that I am a loser, right?).
For me hurt is something you experience when you run 800m (maybe 400 is close, maybe also 1500). And there is no way I can replicate that hurt feeling for a 5k. No way. And therefore when people say that they gave it all I do not believe them because I cannot imagine hurting like that for a 5k. Sprinting for 200m to the finish is not the same although it might hurt badly, but it is only for 40sec. And therefore maybe I only think that I do not give 100% because it does not hurt like 400m hurts but in reality I do give it all, but a 5k kind of giving it all.
Or I might be wrong and I indeed am a loser who does not want to hurt and thus does not give100%. Maybe you can indeed hurt like that for 18min and I just do not have enough guts to do that.