A presentation of differing perspectives and opinions regarding important topics in the running community
Picture this: you're out on a run with your teammates, peacefully and joyfully gliding along, when someone brings up some controversial running-related topic. Instantly, the mood changes. Conversation that was once light becomes heated. As people weigh in and state their opinions, definitive lines are inevitably are drawn, and the group quickly becomes divided. Despite everyone's best efforts to remain calm and civil, it's usually not long before a full on debate has been launched. The remainder of the run may be entirely consumed by the controversy. On some rare occasions the issue may be resolved after one side finally concedes to the other's point of view, but more often than not the runs ends with each side having only become further entrenched in their beliefs.
The effectiveness of debating in this manner is, in and of itself, debatable. On the one hand, it has the inherent benefits that come with discussing things with someone while on a run: no phones, no computers, no distractions - just two people giving each other their full and undivided attention. But, on the other hand, attempting to have a deep and philisophical discussion while participating in an activity that literally gets your blood pumping may not enable people to think and speak in a clear, organizaed and rational way.
So in an attempt to facilitate more effective communication between runners who find themselves on opposite sides of some running-related ethical ravine, I present: Running Debates! Each issue will present a topic commonly debate din the running community, and an argument for either side written by two guest runners. Readers will also be encouraged to weigh in by either voting in the post's poll or sharing their thoughts in the comments!
Interval rest in minutes or meters
Running before or after work
Running with our without music
Race often or infrequently
Mile or 1500m
Buns, boyshorts, or loose shorts
Shorts of half tights
Doubles or singles
Miles or Minutes - written by Katie Kellner (miles) and John Schilkowsky (minutes)
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