I just read on the Running Times website that the number of U.S. marathon finishers declined last year for the first time since 2001. I have been so ready for the current running boom to end. Hopefully we can all look forward to the day when we don't get shut out of our favorite races in favor of the Oprah wannabes and we don't have to commit to a race 12 months in advance just to be assured a spot.
That's my elitist end zone spike for the week.
PM: 11.25 miles on the treadmill. Started slow, worked up to 6 minute pace.
While I was running I was watching this show called Man vs. Food and all I have to say is WTF is wrong with us as a society? I actually could feel my blood pressure rising as I watched. There was this very fat man trying to consume seven pounds of food while a crowd cheered and encouraged him as if he were accomplishing something worth celebrating. I swear it was like watching a guy slowly committing suicide. If we keep on our present de-evolutionary trajectory I wouldn't be surprised if we are soon watching people play Russian Roulette on The Travel Channel. I mean why make it take a couple decades with a stroke or diabetes? Let's have some instant gratification right before our very eyes.
I should add that I did not choose to watch this show. It just happened to be on the TV in front of the treadmill I was running on.