STOP DOWNPLAYING YOUR HALF MARATHON RESULTS!
“I was digging up some stats on marathon running. In the US it is 0.5% of the population which runs marathon.
Assuming the same holds for India, we all runners who have successfully completed ADHM are 0.5% of the indian population.
So do not get upset it you have not been able to meet your expected time. The very fact you completed in commendable. Give yourself a pat, eat well and enjoy life basking in the glory that you are indeed top 0.5% of the population and if you are doing it in 50 years plus category.. Then Hats OFF !! 🙂 “
(And to give the dear man credit, he didn’t put in that bit about being over 50 years old on purpose! He wrote the post long before I asked him if I could quote him.)
Now I’m not going to go into the ins and outs of the statistics, nor the figures for half vs full. I did google it, but didn’t find a definite answer. I suspect Saswato’s stats vastly overstate the percentage of HM-ers, but never mind, let’s take his statement as a valid starting point.
The fact of the matter is – a very, very, very small percentage of the population has run a full marathon or a half marathon, and as Saswato says, we can all take pride in our achievements.
I thought more about this as our running group whatsapped each other, with several of the brilliant women who had just run their first ever half marathon quasi apologising for slow timings.
As I headed out of the stadium on Sunday after the race, I met one of the youngest members of our group, who was feeling disappointed by her timing.
2:13 and feeling underwhelmed, Sonam??
I was disappointed by my own timing, I won’t deny it, and tried to comfort myself by working out that if I hadn’t had 2 loo stops then I would’ve been…might’ve been…could’ve been…
THIS IS RIDICULOUS.
We have all just run 21.097km. In the case of our running group, we all only started running 2 years ago.
And we are disappointed?
Jeez, what is wrong with us?
We should be shouting from the roof tops, that in a city like Delhi (population “about” 16.3 million according to Wikipedia) there were only 927 women who finished the half marathon.
Hey! There were only 7983 finishers overall.
So could the 7 of us from our little running group who ran the half, kindly stop downplaying our achievements?
We are 7/927 amazing women. 7/7983 amazing finishers.
GIrls, you are all fan-bloody-tastic (as we say in my native place 😎)
YOU DID IT.
21.097 exhausting kilometres.
Which is w-a-y more than “about” 16.3 million minus 7983 people in Delhi can say.
So, yes, by all means we can all dream of running faster the next time round, but there is nothing wrong, methinks, in sitting back, savouring the moment, and saying “Yes, you know what, I am x% of the population who has run a half marathon…”
(And if someone could please give me that accurate missing statistic of how many people have run a half, it would make my final sentence way more effective 😜)