Was listening to an episode of "Running in the Center of the Universe" podcast:
Ashland Dave got into a major rant-a-thon regarding a podcast that he, in turn, had listened to, on themarathonshow.com - it had the author of the new book "Running a Marathon for Dummies" on the show.
Here's the Amazon link to the book:
I'm not going to paraphrase the Karp interview, but instead would ask that you listen to the podcast yourself. For many, walking is essential to finishing and owning the marathon experience. Much of my own Youtube video on efficient running is about getting slow(er) runners to the finish line:
Also, walkers are a big component to the economic context of many marathon events. Many small and mid-sized communities now have marathons. Without the 5-6 hour finishers, the numbers who participate might be too small to support the infrastructure needed.
Guess I'm more of an "all in" mentality, but maybe that came over time. 75+ marathons and 80+ ultradistance event finishes will do that to a guy. What do I care who is ahead of, or behind me, in a race? I'm not happy with the fact I'm getting to the pace of a snail, but I sure don't begrudge the intent of others on the course.
This is a great point for discussion. Thanks to Ashland Dave, themarathonshow.com postcast and Dr. Karp for stirring the pot. Drop a comment here, or you can go to Dr. Karp directly at:
runcoachjason.com, email at firstname.lastname@example.org.