‘Why the heck would you want to do that?’

‘I’m running a marathon’

 

‘Right’
‘No really’
‘Why the heck would you want to do that?’
‘Well I watched that film, you know the one with Jim Carey’
‘No! The other one, where he’s under a spell and has to say ‘yes’ to everything’
‘ ‘Yes Man‘? ‘
‘Yes. And it gave me, like, a spark, I just went and signed up!’
‘Right.’
‘Right!’
‘You do know he gets hit by a truck at the end?’
….’I didn’t get that far no’
‘Ok never mind – he survives – but anyway, why now?’
‘Well, if I’m ever going to do it it’s gotta be now. It’s now or never’
‘That’s almost certainly not true.’
‘Whilst I’m young and’-
-‘you have the aerobic ability of a 45 year-old chain smoker.’
‘Now that’s unfair.’
‘No it’s rude; and entirely fair.’
‘Bollocks. I’m fitter than I look.’
‘I hope so.’
‘Cut it. I was actually going to ask if you wanted to run it with me?’
‘Well I wouldn’t be ‘with you’ for long would I?’
‘Just stop it.’
‘Ok ok, sorry. I might do actually. Is it a full marathon?’
‘The real deal.’
‘Where/when is it?’
Manchester. April 28th’
‘Wait, Manchester? Why not London?’
‘It’s flatter.’
‘Sound.’
‘Very.’
‘Cool. I’ll get back to you. Are you running it for anything or just to prove a point?’
‘Both. Lately more towards the latter.’
‘sorry I was just kidding before’
‘All is forgiven. I’m running it for Oxford SSSK.’
‘Whaaa, SSS-what? Throw the whole alphabet at me why don’t you.’
‘S-S-S-K. It’s an acronym.’
‘Don’t patronise me.’
‘Well please do patronise me! SSSK stands for Students Supporting Street Kids; I’ll be running in aid of them.’
‘Superb. When can I start sending money your way?!”
‘Wooh steady on, I haven’t set it up yet, but I will probably use Bmycharity or something similar when I do.’
‘Gottit.’
‘You seem less cynical now?’
‘Marginally. I get that you’re serious, but I just can’t see something like this happening to you.’
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‘You never know.’
‘I really think I do.’
‘Fine. Be that way.’

In the spirit of Socratic dialogue, contained within Plato’s ‘Republic’, which I should be studying right now.

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