I found out today that someone I have run with in the past has cheated in several races. It really disturbs me that someone would do this.
My journey to get healthy through running, exercise, and better eating has been pock-marked with successes and failures, I could never imagine cheating myself out of this journey. I think the thing that bothers me the most is this person, much like me, does not look like your “typical” runner. When you struggle with your own demons and add in what others think of you it can be hard to keep going sometimes. To have someone soil that with cheating is distressing.
I know this person does not represent me, yet I cannot stop being angry about it; the cheating was deep too, over at least three races. Just to get people to think you are running and to get medals!? If someone puts a medal around my neck you better believe I earned it! Earned it with every painstaking mile, squat, and push-up.
Do not cheat yourself out of your accomplishments. The way you live your life is up to you and you should not be ashamed of who you are. If you do not want to run, don’t; if you want to eat fast food, eat it; if you want to smoke, then smoke. But do not pretend to be something you are not.
There are too many people in this world who cannot do the things that I am able to do; people who are ill, or depressed, or otherwise unable. To soil you ability with cheating is just wrong.
I had to get this out here so I can stop thinking about it and move on; thanks for reading my rant.
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Wow! This is so wrong! But… HOW do you cheat during a race? It’s mind-boggling to me. I just don’t even see the point why that person would even sign up for a race.
It really is pointless. In one race she ran a 5k with a 10k bib, both those races on the same day with a split course; in a second race she had someone faster than her run it for her, to get better corral placing for a future race. And in this last race she ran about a 5k and then gave her bib to someone who finished the half for her, so she could qualify for at least three medals (It was a Disney race).
Well, the only person she is really fooling is herself. Even if she gets the medals, she will never be truly satisfied with them. It’s actually quite sad. So son’t worry about it too much, just be your best self 😀 xoxo
Wow…that’s crazy…seems like more work than it’s worth…..I can totally understand your annoyance—busting your butt to train and finish a race and then have a “friend” like that—–annoying!