My friend Amy passed along THIS BLOG POST and it got me thinking. First, I was super ticked at the Race Director and started to spout off a blog post that would have been my sassiest yet. But then I decided to take a step back, breathe, and work on my response this morning.
I have used the Galloway Method for most of my longer races and runs., but I am trying to get better about taking less walk breaks or intervals when it comes to shorter runs. That being said, I feel that this method is perfect for many runners. And yes, we are runners even if we walk a minute or three per mile. We are still moving faster than our normal walk. I hated when the ladies I coached would mention that they “weren’t real runners” because they walked some during their runs.
On the other side, I completely understand race cut-off times. There are safety issues and street closures issues, I totally get it. BUT for that RD to pull that woman off the course at mile one, when she was averaging 11:55 that first mile, is ridiculous.
This was not Boston, where she had to qualify for the race. This was a hometown race, which unfortunately due to the world wide web, I am sure will lose a few participants and those who have just started to run/walk and are scared they’ll be yanked from the course even though they can complete it in the prescribed time.
What are your thoughts on FAB RUNNING’s post and what the Race Director did?
On a much happier note!!
Local Savannah People… make sure you RSVP on Facebook (via Victoria Runs) for the upcoming Parking Deck Crawl!
Get it? In lieu of ‘your place or mine’? HA!