Running without a number is against race rules but its not punishable by lynch mob. Endurance sports are selfish and require someone to take lots of "me" time and somewhere along the line the work/life/family is making a compromise or missing out, this is more like moral rule breaking in my book. Everyone in endurance sports is breaking morals rules at times, who's to say that is more or less wrong than one run without a number on ? No one is holier than thou.
I have a theory that folks want to be the winner in these competetions to be the chosen one, receive the attention and the freebies (the folks not chosen get jealous). After all you can hire a coach that will write you a specific plan for a few quid a month and it would come with a good guarantee of success and be tailored just for you, but the folks trying to win the competition place dont go that route.
Anyone up off the couch running is all good in my book, its about being healthy, active and alive, not about competitions and gadgets. But after all its only running after all, although even I have probably taken it a bit to seriously on the odd occasion.
Outside of this RW there is another RW (a real world) and some seriously bad things have happened in that world in recent weeks, the focus of the disgruntled on here would be better served in that direction, but I guess its easier to have a pop at RW and sub4 Amy.
Stop moaning folks and let good coach Steve help Amy on her (and not anyone else's) journey.
I dont closely follow these competition threads as I dont like the behaviours it brings out of some of the folks that follow them. A friends wife was selected once and she copped some jealousy from folks on her thread.
I ran 26.5M in training one sunday in 3:15 once, I didnt need a number on for it to show a measureable amount of fitness.
I have been asked and considered being a mentor on some of the alternative threads in previous years, but I had always resisted due to some of the behaviours on the competition threads. I have put myself for this year, I had best go retract it.