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Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

Still the wrong messages

No, not everyone can decide they’re going to run a marathon and five months later do it. For the third straight season, the finalists of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" ran a marathon as the final challenge of the season. Back in December I wrote about this and how it sends the wrong message. My feelings were enraged even more last night. While I still agree with my post from then, last night I thought I was going to have to de-friend half of my Twitter followers who thought this was so great. I don’t want to take anything away from the accomplishments – what they did was outstanding. It's the message that the show sends as they run a marathon … like, did the contestants drink any water? Sure, but you never saw that. I guess the Brita bottles weren't available and it wouldn't be very "green" to show them using a few cups. What did the contestants eat the day before, or were they so focused on losing weight that they didn’t worry about properly fueling themselves for a 4 to 6 hour journey?

Just pile these things on top of my previous post and the wrong messages this episode send continue to build.

As for the opening comment, one of the contestants last night said that "anyone" can be sitting on their couch one day and then run a marathon five months later. I'm sorry, but those who are on the show aren't just "anyone." Regular everyday out-of-shape people don't have hours to spend at a gym for four straight months. I'm not trying to dampen anyone's hopes, but don't take advice from producer-driven comments. Can anyone run (or walk) a marathon? Yes, but there are much better ways to go about it than what the show portrays.

Speaking of the show and marathons, did you hear about the marathon finisher who didn’t really finish a marathon? I missed that last year when the news came out that it wasn't true. Read more about it here.