Thursday, September 1, 2011

Would you rather: Fast or Healthy?

My wife and her cousins like to play lots of fun games. One of them is called “You did”. Essentially what you do is when you see someone that looks like this gem:



You scream, “YOU DID!” thereby implying that one’s sexual morals are low enough that prison style showers aren’t enough they would fornicate with someone who obviously dipped into the shallow end of the gene pool. Try it, it is hilarious.

(This ties back to running, promise)

One game that I like to play is called “would you rather”. I’m sure everyone has heard of this one, but essentially it is a question that has no good answer. For example, would you rather have sex with one of the Golden Girls or have to make out with the dude in the yellow up above? Man or woman, neither of those are any good at all.

I will give you one wish and one so-so Disney movie.  NO MORE
So, when the Q and A blog meme was going around, one of the questions I asked  Tricia at Endurance is only physical was:

“Would you rather be a fast runner, one who is a consistent age group placer in large races, but constantly injured or be 100% injury free but be in the back of the pack?”

So?  Which would you rather?
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  • Gimmie fast!! I'll limp through half of my races.
  • Slow is fine!! I don't like doctors.


I'm in the fast but injured camp.  I can feel myself teetering right on the edge of what my body can repair each week - with the end goal of becoming ever faster. Too much too soon and I'm on the disabled list.

Of course, the reality is that you DON'T have to choose one or the other.  You can be both fast and not injured, but it is a tough balance - something that I'm still trying to learn.



32 comments:

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I don't even understand that butt crack.

Nobel4Lit said...

I voted "fast," but that's cuz I"m slow!

Chad said...

I can't believe people are voting for "Slow."

Alanna said...

I'm already slow so I'll take not getting injured.

Nelly said...

wow I didn't need to see that guy in the yellow! lol

That is indeed a tough would you rather question! As someone who is injured right now, it sucks. I definitely would rather be a little slower and uninjured than constantly have to deal with injuries...

JojaJogger said...

My eyeballs are still burning from the first picture. What was the question?

Chris K said...

Easy peasy. Fast. I like to live on the edge. Go Chargers!

Alisa said...

Rue McClanahan, without a doubt. I bet she would teach me something about sex.

Crap, wrong would you rather.

I voted slow and injury free. Mainly because I'm already painfully slow. But also because, I would rather run than not run. I don't care the speed. I look at my friends who have to take months off at a time and it makes me depressed.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Well, aren't you sadistic. How about fast and injured but nothing that requires medical attention? Like shin splints or blisters. I can handle that. I don't have good medical insurance.

Lisa said...

i already feel slow, i wish i could stay uninjured!

lance said...

I picked slow. Guess I', happy with getting through everyday. Think about Ken Griffy jr. He could of been the greatest baseball player of the last 40 years. He was always injured.

Brian said...

I'll take my health if these are my choices. But, I don't really have aspirations of Boston as it is. I'm a pretty content middle-of-the packer.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Going to pretend I never read this post (or saw that pic) as to not jinx myself with some stupid injury. psst ... I picked fast.

Jamoosh said...

My dad and I play "Your's ain't too bad..."

When you see two or more women - well, you get the idea.

Shawn said...

Spent 6 weeks being po'd because I was injured from going fast...near lost my mind. I will vote for slow till I get fast again...Chargers suck, go Raiders....and btw, take that CPR stuff serious boring runner, it may come in handy one day!!!

fancy nancy said...

I'm pretty sure that pic made me throw up a little!!! I was fast and injured....I can suck it up for glory!

Randy said...

My goal is to run for a lifetime. There is too much psychological drama that goes on in my head during injuries...I don't like that. So given the choice I'd say a slow guy that has like 5,000 marathon medals.

In the story...the tortoise wins the race every single time.

Morgan said...

I just recently met my $2,500 deductible thanks to all my doctor visits and I just got my insurance in May. If I NEVER EVER see another doctor again after all this mess is finally behind me it will be too soon. Give me health over speed any day.

willrun4beer said...

Thanks for the visual. I'll take the golden girls over yellow man - - except for the GG that really was a man.

willrun4beer said...

oh, and i voted for fast and injured

I'm Tracy and... said...

I voted slow, mostly because I've already made peace with the fact that I am a slow runner......and injuries tend to make me come to a complete stop. So, I'd rather be slow but still moving than injured and not moving at all.

Jackalope said...

The Army has always kept me straight in this respect. What I mean is that I always want to run with enough energy to be able to carefully and accurately aim my rifle at the end. What's the point of getting there if you are useless when you finish? That's the same way I approach running. I want to finish a marathon with enough juice to take my family to the fair afterwards. So to me, a relatively slow 355 marathon followed by a day with the family, and no injuries or misery, is total success.

bakerunlive.com said...

I hope I don't jinx myself, but I haven't had a running injury since '08. If that's cause I'm slow- I'll take it :)

Tricia said...

As someone who consistently meets her deductible in the first quarter...I'm going with slow and uninjured

JnetRuns said...

I'm already extremely slow and still get injured occasionally (ok I'm also old too so maybe that's the problem).

And that photo, OMG, hilarious and yucky at the same time!

Jill said...

I used to be fast and uninjured, now I'm slow and injured - WTH

Glenn Jones said...

Back when I was in college, the yell was "It moved!"

And since I'll probably never be fast, I'll choose slow and healthy.

Dina @ DinaRuns said...

Dear god that picture is just yuck!

I am slow anyway but am a big wimp and would not like to be injured. So slow it is.

The Banter said...

Thanks a lot! Now I have these visions of all 4 Golden Girls in a tag team... Anyway,I've been slow, injured, and uninjured. I picked fast cause I'd like to know how that feels.

http://tri-banter.blogspot.com/

Joanna said...

It's not like I'm going to place in large races, or that I need to be considered "fast" by other people. But, I would be lying if I said that I don't enjoy seeing how far I can push myself, and feeling that edge where I know I'm safe and I know not to go any farther. Staying squarely in the "safe" zone forever probably isn't for me.

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

If I have to choose: slow and injury-free. I run because I love it, not because I'm ever going to win anything... but over the years I've gotten faster (and placed) with that attitude, so maybe you can have that cake and eat it too?

kilax said...

Too funny that you posted this! Erin and I had this conversation during our last long run in August. I would definitely rather be slow than injured!!!