Who are they and what do they know? I'm not sure, but I do take their advice and I don't run alone.
Along for this last weekend's jaunt were my constant companions. Some regular, semi-regular and occasional visitors made their appearance as well. I always run with Constant Pain, Bad Form and Fear of Failure. They were, of course, along on the trip. On this particular run, Irrational Anger tagged along and took the early lead, and pressured us all into a fast pace, pulling strongly with intensity. Eventually, he burned out and disappeared resulting in a most welcome DNF.
Constant Pain and Bad Form were closest to me for most of the run - bracketing me as usual. It was weird, though how Constant Pain was joined periodically with Intermittent Tingling and Occasional Numbness to the point they seemed to merge. Tres odd.
Noticeably absent on this run - as they have been for some time - were Pride and Joy, and Satisfaction. I haven't seen any of those three on a run in a very long time, and though registered, they were all DNS on the results sheet.
Midway though the run, Nagging Doubt and Fear of Failure lead the team, as Constant Pain really pushed them hard. In the final stretch, though they both faded badly, and also were DNF.
In the end, the winner turned out to be Self Criticism, who, as we approached the finish, was already leaning against the car, shouting, "Is that it? Seriously!? You suck!"Ah, the joys of never running alone.