Posted by ryrun on 12/6/2012 9:43:00 PM (view original):
Posted by emy1013 on 12/6/2012 9:34:00 PM (view original):Rain... parade...
Posted by andrew5975 on 12/6/2012 6:36:00 PM (view original):
24:00 isnt too bad...especially if you dont run regularly. 5k is 3.1 miles...so you ran a little under 8 minutes/mile. your profile says you are under 18...if thats so...a few guys on my high school x-country team used to run slower times than that...perhaps you should think about joining! ;)
8 minute miles is what we used to run in formation in the military. Sorry, but that isn't anything special, it's just not. Even for a middle schooler.
Everyone starts somewhere. Keep at it.
I deleted my post initially because I didn't want the kid too feel bad, but since you decided to quote it and put it up there anyway, I guess I'll have to respond. There's no need to sugar coat it for this kid, what he did was nothing special. At all. Since when did it become a rule that we're not allowed to "rain on anyone's parade" and always have to kiss *** in these posts. Hey kid, you ran at an 8 minute mile pace for 3 miles. Good for you, but the reality is that it's nothing special. So if you want to call it raining on his parade, fine, that's your choice. But I'm from the camp that doesn't think every kid should get a blue ribbon or a trophy just for participating. Do something special and I'll be the first one in line to congratulate you. Do something average and brag about it? Well, I'll probably be first in line to call you out on it.
It's far past time to stop treating all these kids like they're perfect and can do no wrong. I see it all the time at my boy's soccer games, parents telling their kids that they played a perfect or awesome game when in reality, they played like crap. Keep coddling these kids and coddling these kids and you end up with a bunch of young adults who think they're entitled to something when they finally hit the real world and have no idea what to do when they take their first *** chewing because they've been handled with kiddy gloves their whole lives. When it's time to make it in the real world and they can't because they've been sheltered their whole lives, what then? Do they run back to mommy crying because someone said something mean to them? Yep, I guess I rained on his parade. Maybe he'll get ****** because I did and go out and train and train and become the best 5k runner in history and I really hope he does. Or maybe he'll go sulk in his room because he didn't get praise from each and every one who posted. But I'm sorry, I'm not going to prop this kid up and make him think he did something special when he really didn't. And you can quote that if you would like. Have a nice day.
Oh, and by the way, Deery I hope you do continue to run and train and end up lowering your time. It sounds like you've found something you like to do, so stick with it. And when you do come in first in one of your races, you can tell that emy guy to kiss your 5k running, first place ***!
12/6/2012 10:31 PM (edited)