When the pressure is intense and the race is only
half completed, a runner who is being chased relentlessly by
a competitor realizes that he might be better off pushing
from behind than pulling from the front. In that case,
the smart move is to yield his lead to the
trailing runner and let the other runner pass. Relieved of
his burden, our runner can tuck in behind and make
the new leader drive the pack. Sometimes, however, it is
important to hold one’s position and not allow the pass.
Racing is about discipline and intelligence. It’s about running smart.
Paraphrases from the novel The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.