Imagine climbing mount Everest. The days of arduous trekking in full gear. Disassembling your tent knowing that it’s going to be another cold, hard day of climbing. Your joints aching, your breath frozen on your goggles. Trudging forward all the same, knowing that the summit awaits you.
Now imagine that there is an elevator leading to the top of mount Everest. Would people still venture to the summit? Sure, but they wouldn’t tell their grandkids about it.
The point is, people climb the mountain precisely because it’s so hard. Its challenge breaks us away from the mundanity of comfort. Much like running, actually.
And so we arrive at my point:
First off, you can see why this ad attracted my attention. I’ve heard similar arguments over the years from many half-assedletes, but never in reference to marathon training.
A marathon is the Everest to most runners. To run 26.2 miles– well– requires several months of consistent, disciplined training. And I like to think that most marathoners, when they excel in such a challenging event, take pride not in how easy their task was, but how difficult.
After all, you’re not going to sit your grandkids down and tell them about the time you took a shortcut to marathon greatness (Unless you’re Rosie Ruiz). You’re going to tell them about the hard work that went into preparing yourself, mentally, physically, and spiritually for the 26.2.
Even if this method worked (which seems unlikely) it would be like an elevator installed at Mount Everest. You could get to the top, sure, but why bother?
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