Re: Re: If you’re going to Grandma’s, leave your iPod at home

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sueruns
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I use an ipod on many training runs, I'm responsible for my own safety.   But rules are rules…I'd never wear them in a race.   

As I watched our local marathon last year, I couldn't believe the women's winner was crossing the line wearing her headphones.  I'm further discouraged that the race is using her photo finish in their advertisement for this year's race.

I have to wonder in what direction we are going with what we allow.  Years ago I ran a half that I almost got DQ'd because I accepted water from someone that wasn't a volunteer.  I assumed the person was, as he was handing bottles to anyone that wanted one, not just me.   I was told that I should know the course and aid stations are a part of knowing it.   This was a mere 10 years ago.  Now I see friends on bikes pacing, headphones, friends hanging gu, etc.  and RD will say “well, no one issued a complaint.

A couple of years a go I got blasted on a message board because I thought runners that peed in peoples yards along a marathon course we breaking the rules (which they were). Other runners seemed to think that was ok, and also hard to enforce….

I just found out that in triathlons, you can't pee on the course.  ??? what do you do when there's no port o potties.  The answer was “pee on yourself”.  sorry i asked.  :-X