The 5k


NOTE: The post I wrote was such a laughable piece of shit, that I’ve taken it down and replaced it with this mortifying video of me as a University of Delaware virgin. I deserve the mockery …


13 thoughts on “The 5k”

  1. I got up at 4:30 this morning so I could nail down a 3.5 mile run before work, like I do four times a week.

    Then I hit your post and find out I’m ‘any old schlub’. Makes me feel real good about the ‘gimmee’ Independence Day 5k I’m signed up for.

    I know you’re not a butthole man but sometimes you play one on the internet, for sure.

    Still, next time I’ll sign up for the 10k.

  2. Jeff, I enjoy your writing and blog, so I’m not trying to be overly argumentative here, but I think your experience isn’t typical and you’re using that to look down on others.

    It’s great that you grew up participating in distance running, but a lot of people did not. I played a lot of sports as a kid, but never any cross-country or road race events. What might not seem like much of an accomplishment to one person might seem like a pretty big one to someone else. I can only speak from my own experience, but I was elated after my first 5K (first road race, period) finish.

    Running should be hard. But not everyone’s hard is the same (“That’s what she said.”). In my opinion, only a few people really have a shot at winning a given race, most of us are just running against ourselves and our own PRs or maybe just out doing it for some exercise and a good time.

    I also think the 5K is not only fun as a distance in and of itself, but is a good great gateway drug to longer distances. I never would have tried a 10K, half, or full marathon if I hadn’t finished some (in my case, quite a lot of) 5Ks first. After 5 years of racing, including 2 marathons, 2 half marathons, and 4 10Ks, I still think the 5Ks is an enjoyable part of a good racing schedule.

  3. What an obtuse, jaded point of view. I’m glad you at least took back your comments. Of course there’s a place for both. In my 20+ years running, I’ve found the opposite to be true; running clubs have lead my fellow runners to longer distances, not stagnation.

    But most importantly, run because its fun, whatever the distance.

  4. You wrote how you felt. Then you took it down. Do you think this some how restores you’re credibility or hurts it more? Absolutely anyone can run. If you can catch a football or baseball at the end of your running America would care. If you aren’t winning the greatest country the U.S. gold medals you are a hobby jogger like all the soccer moms out there. You go girl.

    1. I think when one makes a mistake he acknowledges it and corrects it. And it’s “your,” not “you’re,” Einstein.

      1. That’s good. Correcting the grammar of someone who (like many other people) found your blog post to be condescending and in poor taste, definitely makes you seem like less of an ass.

      2. GH, I view this blog as a place for my thoughts and rants. If people don’t enjoy it or like it, one click takes them far, far, far away. Along those lines, if I feel someone is excessively mean, I’m allowed to fire back. That’s how I approach it. Seriously, it’s a very free country with 8,000,000,000 other sites. There’s no reason to come here if you don’t enjoy the writing.

  5. I explain to non runners that one of the allures of running is being a part of this community. Whether I am at a 5k or a marathon, there is one common thread: everyone has a story, everyone has a goal, everyone has a struggle. On one event, I met a group of non running teachers who were there to honor their 3rd grade teacher who was murdered while out training for this run. One of them had to walk the 5k. It was a struggle for him and yet it was his tribute to her. Not everyone is out on the course for something so tragic. Some are out there for the struggle of a PR. If this is their biggest concern in their day, good for them! Blessed! Additionally, I find it empowering coming together as a group on an early Saturday/Sunday morning. All those morning spent training alone. All those 5 am get-myself-out-of bed mornings when I’d rather sleep. All the times when I consider walking because truly there is no one around watching. No one would know. Yes, it is empowering coming together with a group of people knowing they have had those same mornings and moments. And they have put up and shown up. I’m saddened to know there are people in this community with Mr. Pearlman’s mindset. I urge those who resent heavier set people to consider that as humans with a common plight, we are all giving this thing called life our best shot; our purpose is to help one another along the way. That’s it. Let’s not give up on each other!

  6. Not for nothing, but I beat you by over two minutes. By your logic, I ought to tell you to try a bit harder, eh? Putz.

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