Speaking of running, yesterday it was a little disgusting to watch The Biggest Loser again try to hype up the marathon. I wrote about this last year.
First things first, you do not go from zero to marathon. It is plain stupid and dangerous. Second, I got so angry when those trainers blasted Daris for gaining weight during training. It led me to believe they know how to get fit, but not how to train for long distances. A long distance runner is a different breed and I hate to think that millions of tv viewers can think they can plunge into that aspect of our sport when a television program casually tosses people into that race.
Did you notice that most of the former TBL contestants who came out to run with the final four had mostly gained back significant weight.
Oh well. As I wrote last year:
My worry about this is not that it'll cause people to recklessly go into marathoning -- I think they depicted that distance as a monumental challenge, and one should know that to decide to run one is not a one month commitment. And I guess as a runner first and also as a marathoner, I say this. For me, marathoning is not just one of those 'to do' things on a life checklist.
Speaking of which, I still can not get over how Daris ran a 21 minute 5K when it looked like he was gong much slower...