In grade school we lined up and raced each other...a lot. As we aged, others asked to see people go head to head. At 13 we had our own Olympics,
including the marathon (4 mile block). We sprinted against each other at the end of football practice. The top ten always squared off. I ran in HS
and in College. For the most part, I've been running all my life. I enjoy training, racing, and the regiment.
I ran Boston my first Boston at 40 years old. It was a great experience for me and my PR is there. But, if you were to pull that experience from my
personal lifetime of enjoyment, it would be like taking a drop of water out of a bucket of water. You wouldn't notice it.
I've said this before, running is not holistic to me. When I mow the grass, I'm thinking about mowing the grass. When I run, I concentrate on running.
I have never experienced this euphoria...hell, I haven't even figured out whar a runner's high is. These events are just something to do. When I was
one of the last ones to get in the theatre when "Gran Torino" came out, I didn't feel euphoric; nor was I high. I just made it in.
Boston is like the NCAA. Let's suspend players from Ohio State next year. However, you can play in the BIG bowl game. You figure it out.
I have little time for wafflers. I'll do my 2-3 events a year and let the buttercups do what they think makes them feel life.