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marathon: (noun) P popular form of overpriced torture wherein participants wake up at ass-o-clock in the morning and stand in the freezing cold until it's time to run. at which point they miserably trot for a god-awful interval of time that could be better spent sleeping in and/or consuming large quantities of beer and cupcakes. See also' masochism, awfulness, "a bunch of bullshit,' boob-chafing, cupcake deprivation therapy. Vje yo°- The Oatmeal http//theoatmeal com
DO NOT despair when thinking about how much farther you have to go. Instead, console yourself by inventing bizarre ways of measuring distances. yessir, rfs gonna take a lot more than a couple of floppy lizard penises to stop me. Everything is going to be okay.
/ n[ j hang out in the recovery area and chat up the happiest ^ bunch of physically battered people you'll ever meet. J 1 jf J ignore all the warning signs that something horribly traumatic has just happened to your body. J forget every single second of agony, frustration, and melancholy that plagued you over the past few hours. /DO this with food in your face and a gleam in your eye /DO all of these things, and then go enthusiastically sign up for another race.
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I'm not going to pretend I was planning on signing up for one until I learned it wasn't free, but still...