Last week RunCompetitor magazine tweeted that speedskater Apolo Ohno had just completed a 1/2 marathon in 1:40:59 (can’t remember which one). They included a quote from his coach saying he could have gone “1:30 or better.” Well, I couldn’t help myself–I responded “then why didn’t he?”
Call me a #$%^ if you want to, but one of my pet peeves is when someone runs one time only to immediately declare “I could have run XX time.” Really? Because I’ve got to think that if you could have done that much better, you would have.
I can understand saying “I was in shape for XX time but didn’t run the right race.” That I get–believe me, I’ve been there. But let’s not claim–as Ohno’s coach did–that you could have run almost 11 minutes faster at a 1/2 marathon but just didn’t. That’s a bunch of bunk.
Another favorite of mine is someone who’s never run a marathon but claims they are certain they can run a particular time. Until you demonstrate that, well, your claims mean nothing. So keep a lid on it!
And thus concludes my little rant of the day! What are your thoughts on the “I could have done X” syndrome?