Absolutely, and of course it is always interesting to read your perspective. I agree with the mindset, as put by a quote I once saw (though cannot remember exactly) from Steve Jones that went something like, "I'm just a runner, I'll race any distance." And, as Beverly stated, there is nothing at all wrong with having fun with racing without 'putting all the eggs in that basket,' for whatever reason. He is simply representing another side to counter the marathon obsession that is pushed by Gallowalker's Planet and its minions, people who have an interest in pushing their personal limits in terms of quality performance and have been swept up in marathon mania yet are serially frustrated with the outcome. He is talking to those people and telling them to stop hitting their heads against the wall simply because the marathon has been built up into an immense cultural icon, to take a fresh look at the mile, 5K, 10K, half-marathon, etc. and consider that a race well run at any of those distances can provide greater satisfaction to those who seek excellence than a string of so-so marathons might.