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Rita, I have always had fun while running. Don't get me wrong. 5-10 years ago was a blast. It was just a different kind of fun. I was just so focused on a specific kind of life experience that I didn't want to take away from it by doing the different kinds of life experiences I'm doing now.
All of these experiences are fun. Let me tell you, there's nothing like flying through the streets of Chicago with no more than 100-150 people in front of you and something like 33,000 people behind you, with tens of thousands of people cheering you on. I don't regret passing on the kind of experience I had this past weekend in order to achieve that experience, I'm just glad now that I am beyond chasing my ultimate potential that I am still able to go out and experience all these other things I haven't before and have the kind of fun I was passing on earlier.
If someone of Aron Rono's level of ability sees no problem with doing it then it is likely not at all bad for any of us well below him in terms of ability. Often there is some purpose to it that relates to future racing. I recall teammates in college doubling at in-season and conference meets to help them prepare for the qualifying rounds at nationals. It could also relate to learning to push through the final 5K of a 10K (or 15K or 20K) on tired legs. I may not have always felt this way, but I confess to being intrigued by something like Ultimate Runner.