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Initial post: Dec 6, 2006 7:26:12 PM PST
One major disagreement I have with the author is that LIFE IS A MARATHON and not a series of sprints as he suggests. His assumption is wrong and that's where his model crumbles like a cookie. In real life, we experience constant stress; it's the same experience we have running a marathon. We have a goal, we pace ourselves, we hydrate and nourish, we dig deep, and finally go for the finishing kick! That's how we want to live our lives. We want to win and everybody loves a winner!

There's no real sense of victory in sprints, only a fleeting rush of adrenaline. A lot of factors can influence how and when we finish a sprint. These factors can spell the difference of a few milliseconds. But a marathon is brutally frank. You either finish it or you don't; it's up to how much you've trained for it and how much you really want it. Pure guts and glory, and no excuses. That's what life is, isn't it?

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 4:20:03 PM PDT
As a sprinter, I can offer the counter-argument that there is plenty of victory in sprints. Sprints require plenty of guts, glory, training and no excuses. Every millisecond you cut off your time takes a lot of training and a lot of will to win. Sprinting pushes your body in a way that long distance running doesn't; it works your heart in a more intense way, it increases your ability to oxygenate your blood by pushing your body far beyond aerobic capacity for short amounts of time. Each race, you push yourself towards the finish line harder, and further past your capacity than before, inproving in increments as small as miliseconds, but increments that make all the difference and are more consistent. You have so many races, and so many finishes that you are celebrating triumphs consistently and constantly. You are never waiting to feel good, because you feel good the whole time. Even the pain in your muscles and the thumping of your elevated heartbeat feels great.
If you live life like a marathon, you will always be trudging along, struggling to put one foot in front of the other, desperately wishing to stop, almost tripping over your feet, hitting a wall, then finding a second wind, hitting another wall, and reducing the amount of oxygen (vitality, energy) in your body, and just waiting to hit another second wind. This is a mistake that many people make. There is no one way to live your life, but living it like a marathon is a really unpleasant way to live, being constantly uncomfortable, waiting for the next "second wind", and hoping that the finish line will come soon to put you out of your misery, and only being happy in that brief stretch toward the finish line when it comes into sight (retirement). It's a bit morbid.
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