Well, I didn’t earn my Fat Dog 120-mile gold-plated brass belt buckle for participating in the event.
They don’t give participation ribbons — you have to finish.
I did not.
About 20 miles into my uphill run in last weekend’s Fat Dog ultra, an old injury flared up and I had a choice to make: either continue and wreck myself for another event, or drop and see if I can rehabilitate.
After another 20 miles I was done.
I don’t need to be rewarded for the attempt. Our sport culture is beginning to reward the intentions of athletes instead of the results.