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OK, You´re a Runner. Get Over It.
Wall Street Journal, by Chad Stafco

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Posted By:Hazymac, 11/13/2013 12:40:43 PM

There is one kind of bumper sticker I see almost daily here in my small Midwestern town: a small oval printed with "26.2" or "13.1." In case you´re lucky enough not to know what these numbers represent, let me explain: They indicate that the driver or someone in the car has run a marathon (26.2 miles) or a half-marathon (13.1 miles). There is only one reason running aficionados display the stickers. They want the rest of us to know about their long-distance feats. So let me be the first to offer my hearty congratulations. I´d even offer to give them

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It´s supposed to be the mortification of the flesh--not the glorification thereof. Isn´t it? The self-satisfied gloaters with their numerical and decimal bumper stickers have their reward.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: abuela10, 11/13/2013 12:45:46 PM     (No. 9611459)

We are now a nation of narcissists

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 11/13/2013 12:51:47 PM     (No. 9611470)

My 70.3 and 140.6 stickers are a real source of pride. My first half-ironman was run while Hurricane Ike came through the area.

With my weight, BP, and LDL at normal levels, I have much to be thankful for! Plus, it´s loads of fun to beat kids half your age...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 11/13/2013 1:01:22 PM     (No. 9611489)

Never did like running too much - until my fiancee died from ovarina cancer at age 30 in 1990. Up until then I didn´t exercise much, but decided that even though running wouldn´t prevent cancer, I thought I´d try to take better care of myself.

First time I tried running on a treadmill I didn´t even last 10 mins. Through the year I gradually built up my time and endurance - until I could run 3-4 times a week at 7.0 mph for half an hour on the treadmill (came out to about 7:42 mins a mile.) Not bad, I thought, for someone over 50.

Until 2009. Got plantar faciitis in my right heel and like an idiot I tried running through it. It altered my gait enough that I ended up tearing cartilage in my left knee and tearing my meniscus. Nobody coached me on the proper way to run.

I had outpatient surgery in March 2011 and I don´t run any more (I don´t trust my knee.)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mickturn, 11/13/2013 1:08:25 PM     (No. 9611507)

Mine is 0.
I never run unless a beast is chasing me...then I turn and shoot it!



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Reply 5 - Posted by: losgatos, 11/13/2013 1:17:41 PM     (No. 9611532)

The one thing I like less than running is junking up my car with bumper stickers.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: killerbee, 11/13/2013 1:18:25 PM     (No. 9611534)

What a petty article. Congrats, #2. You have every right to be proud of your accomplishments.

And considering I didn´t even know what those stickers meant until this moment, I´d say it´s a rather covert way of bragging, eh?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tennman, 11/13/2013 1:23:58 PM     (No. 9611550)

As a former runner I view these as signs of accomplishment. It´s not easy. Every time I thought about running a marathon, or even a half, I´d run a 10k. Ended that urge - at about the 4 mile mark.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 11/13/2013 1:50:26 PM     (No. 9611609)

I´ve been a runner for over 40 years. Haven´t run in a "race" since high school, I do it for the exercise and the fun of being outdoors in the hills. Anyone that advertises their accomplishments is doing it to be "cool". I´m cool enough without advertising it, LOL!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: civilservant, 11/13/2013 1:50:55 PM     (No. 9611610)

#6, for all intents and purposes, the article is NOT about running. It is about narcissism.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: web, 11/13/2013 1:52:53 PM     (No. 9611615)

So was James Fixx

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Reply 11 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/13/2013 2:07:46 PM     (No. 9611643)

I wish they had 0.262 bumper stickers.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: SGMIsles, 11/13/2013 2:31:56 PM     (No. 9611673)

My favorite sticker read: 0.0 I hate running

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Reply 13 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 11/13/2013 2:35:40 PM     (No. 9611685)

I marvel at cars still sporting Obama stickers here in Tennessee (RED STATE)-- seems most of them are proud of being screwed by the Democrats and their resident in the White House

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Reply 14 - Posted by: jj1319, 11/13/2013 2:54:22 PM     (No. 9611733)

I´ve never seen a runner smiling. If it´s not fun, it´s not for me.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 11/13/2013 3:00:15 PM     (No. 9611746)

Those making fun of it should try it. What
would their bumper stickers say ? ( 1 & done )?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Pinchem, 11/13/2013 3:08:02 PM     (No. 9611760)

Walkers are the same way. There is a guy on FB that posts every day of how many miles he has walked. He has something that shows his time, miles, calories burned and even a map of his route.

Ok I´m impressed. Now what?


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Reply 17 - Posted by: 67cj5, 11/13/2013 3:31:20 PM     (No. 9611792)

Good for you #2! I entered a sprint distance Triathlon on a bet last year and met some of the best most helpful people I have ever encountered. I don’t know what triathletes are like the rest of their lives but during that competition they were all awesome. Everyone from housewives, overweight accountants, bricklayers, doctors, lawyers, professional athletes, and even an 89 year old man were entered, and all seemed so happy to be there. I loved it, not so much for the competition, as I was not even close to competitive, but the people were great. It was quite humbling to be beaten by chubby housewives and overweight accountants but it was still fun. I assume the marathons and benefit fun runs are the same, just a bunch of people from all walks of life doing a common activity that they enjoy and are proud of. Just for the record, if I ever do an ironman (doubtful) I’m getting a bumper sticker!!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Hermoine, 11/13/2013 3:32:23 PM     (No. 9611794)

. . .And remember, Pheidippides reached Athens after running from Marathon with the news of victory, he promptly dropped dead. There´s a moral in there somewhere, I´m sure of it.



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Reply 19 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 11/13/2013 4:11:13 PM     (No. 9611865)

My old buddy Ghec used to say" I´ve been smoking Camel non-filters longer than Jim Fixx lived".

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Reply 20 - Posted by: granddanny, 11/13/2013 4:54:48 PM     (No. 9611942)

I´ve got 13.1, 26.2, 70.3, and 140.6 stickers on my car. I did the half Ironman and Ironman this year to celebrate turning 60. What´s your excuse for being out of shape?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 11/13/2013 4:58:27 PM     (No. 9611945)

Have run forever.. Now it is slow , but did it when thirst were only for getting stinky work, gym class,cover a bathing suit ...it can be a meditation moment when your thesis or life´s dilemmas sort themselves out.. A moment when you can be totally alone with your thoughts.. Have done marathons when the fields were 4 times around Central Park or 700 people . Now you stay vertical and shuffle at 2 minute miles , you are a "runner" .. Bah . Now everyone is a finisher. Fred Lebow had a cut off time when he picked up stragglers to preserve their dignity . Now , no dignity . Just bumper sticker smugness..

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Reply 22 - Posted by: bob913, 11/13/2013 5:30:15 PM     (No. 9611991)

My car does about 40 miles a day to and from work.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Hermoine, 11/13/2013 5:35:21 PM     (No. 9611996)

#20 - To answer your question: Ankylosing Spondylitis and a collapsed vertebrae.

Is that a good enough excuse?!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: tenncon231, 11/13/2013 5:53:44 PM     (No. 9612026)

I need a sticker for 12.563´, cause that´s the distance from my easy chair to a beer or ice cream!!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Udanja99, 11/13/2013 7:54:26 PM     (No. 9612159)

I dislike those stickers as much as the ones bragging about peoples´ kids being honor roll students.

I used to run in my younger days, longest distance was 11 miles, but I never put a sticker about it on my car.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: 4Justice, 11/13/2013 8:40:23 PM     (No. 9612220)

True we are a nation of narcissists now. And self-absorbed, selfish people too...
BTW, I hate running. Ever notice that most runners (at least in our society) are really skinny and don´t look athletic at all? They actually look sickly to me.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Steele81, 11/13/2013 11:55:29 PM     (No. 9612417)

We have become a nation of busy bodies. If I choose to put a bumper sticker on my car, that is my business. If you don´t like it ignore it. I´ll do the same. Runners are no different than other hobbiests. We like running. I consider my ability to run a gift from the good Lord. I neither commend myself nor condemn others who choose not to run.

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