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.