"I had a friend who went to jail for something he didn't do...he didn't run fast enough." -- Damon Wayans
There's nothing quite like the feeling of crossing the finish line after miles and miles of running. The satisfaction, the joy, the sheer exhaustion is an incredible moment for a runner. All those weeks and months of training culminate, finally, in reaching the end goal and basking in the glory of it all.
I would not know because there is no freaking way I would ever run 20+ miles. I'm completely impressed by those who do it and marginally embarrassed by my own slovenly lack of effort. Today marks the opening of registrations for the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Maraton. It's also National Running Day.
In honor of those ballsy enough to take on the challenge of either -- including a number of friends of mine -- we would like to (re)introduce you to a post that garnered quite a bit of attention for the Houston Press. In this case, intrepid news editor Rich Connelly compiled some of the most disgusting marathon photos you will ever see. Seriously, they are gross.
But it's National Running Day and what better way to celebrate than with a little look inside the real world of marathon running.
Enjoy, but don't say we didn't warn you!
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