I know a woman who did her first 10k this weekend. She's all happy and posting her bling on facebook. But I don't think she actually did the entire race. For starters - her pace was suddenly 3 min a mile faster than her best pace ever and she even set a personal record for pace. all of that would be fine if she hadn't confided in me that she hasn't really run in three months and had gained quite a bit of weight because of that. Also, when I looked at her time the 5k split was blank. Everyone else had a time there, but she didn't. Why? I'm positive it's because she didn't make it to the halfway point. I think she turned around and then went on to get her finisher medal. She's all happy about her new PR, but it's meaningless - as is her shiney new medal. At least to me it would be the same as buying a medal. It wasn't earned, it was just gotten. I don't think I could do that. What's the point. The point to me is to train and accomplish a goal - of finishing a 10k in the required time. Not to blow off training, walk part of the race and then get a medal anyway.
doesn't really affect my life and I won't say anything. But I have to admit that I will be looking at her in a new light and I wont' trust her as much. If she's willing to lie so publicly about something like this, what else will she happily fudge the truth on?