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August 24, 2004

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Lawrence Krubner

"Ask any runner who has done at least five marathons or ultras: we've all had days where everything started perfectly, we were well-trained and rested, and things inexplicably fell apart. But not being able to finish a race isn't seen as bad luck -- it's seen as succumbing to weakness."

That is an interesting observation. I think it is related to the type of muscles involved. You are a gymnast in your youth, and you use your quick muscles. But you can still run 10 miles when you are 50. Things that happen in less than a second seem like matters of luck to us. Things that happen over the course of hours seem like acts of will to us.

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