This column written in 2012 actually never saw the light of day. It was a little too controversial for a happy little running column. So I shelved it where it has sat for five years. I stumbled upon it this afternoon looking through my archives and was surprised by how relevant it seems today.
Let me be clear- while this is about a political candidate, this is NOT a political post. I am NOT advocating for the right or the left (although if you know me at all, my political leanings are no secret). In fact, when I wrote this I was rooting for the Republican nominee. In my voting life I’ve voted for Democrats and Republicans equally. With the exception of the most recent presidential election, I have voted for the winning party every time since Bill Clinton.
No, this column is about honesty. It’s about integrity. It’s about owning our successes outright. It’s about celebrating the sacrifice, dedication, and effort that goes in to running a race- not the finish time. It’s about telling the truth.
Read on to see what politics has to do with running.
I really hate it when worlds collide.
Remember seeing your teachers out in public? Seeing them at the grocery store was like spotting a giraffe in the garage. Very unsettling.
So imagine how shaken my reality became when recently the two very separate worlds of politics and running crashed into each other.
Running is my refuge. It’s where I turn to when I need to clear my head and release the tension that has built up in my neck from the day’s stressors. It’s the one place I can go to escape the non-stop political discussions that seem to dominate the news feeds. Yes, it is election season, but we all could use a breather once in awhile.
But with Paul Ryan’s recent claim to marathoning fame, it was a little harder to find that escape. The issue causing upheaval in the running world? Ryan’s claim that he ran a sub-3 hour marathon years ago. He stated he couldn’t remember the exact time. Around 2:50-ish, he said.