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MED's post got me thinking:

Would you rather big an okay runner in a big pond or the best runner in a small pond?


I prefer the big pond.

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Big Pond. While I would love to get an AG placing and think I will someday by virtue of the fact that I prefer smaller 5ks there will be something in the back of my mind that knows that I didn't really deserve it. Not at my pace.
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I also prefer big pond. I'm trying to be the best runner I can be.
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Big pond. I won a 5k with a 19:10 and wasn't happy at all. It was worthless.
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Big Pond...it's always great to challenge yourself with other runners with similar or better abilities than you
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Big pond for me too. Always room for improvement. Always.
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Just to emphasize how small my current pond is, here are some recent 5k winning times: 19:24, 19:13, 22:40.
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note to self: don't race in Mech's town.
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That third race I could have won. The other 2 were to quick.
Sorry to hear your racing is so bad.
I would prefer the big pond also. I need to chase people to make me faster.
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I mostly prefer big pond. But I have also won age groups awards/trophies at a particular race in Boulder. 2 years in a row I had the 2nd place time. Unfortunately I couldn't make it back to defend my title. It was definitely fun though!!!
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I'd rather be a great runner in a big pond but that ain't happenin'...... so I guess I'm happy with being an okay runner in the big pond.
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I want to be the fastest runner I can be.

I normally race smaller races because I'm not too fond of large races. And although I usually place well in the smaller races, I don't let it go to my head that I'm "all that" because I know there are tons of people out there that are faster than me.
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both.... A little of both. Every now and then a trpphy makes me feel good.

I like my ego stroked, too.
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For so long I've been a small fish (strictly midpack) in a big pond (mostly NYRR races in Central Park). Since I've moved to the 'burbs I've ran a couple of small local races. How small? I took 3rd in my AG last year and 2nd this year. For once it's nice to get a medal that wasn't given to all the finishers. Oh, and it's nice to walk (run) to the starting line from my house!

My next race? A 10K in Central Park with 4,000 other runners, including int'l pros. I guess that's my answer to the question!
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Small pond! I love hardware!! :D
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