"You don't run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that's in him. Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys. That's the way to be great, running against yourself. Against all the rotten mess in the world. Against God, if you're good enough."
-Bill Persons, fictional coach in Hugh Atkinson's The Game-
That's right, fictional coach! ;)
But I can't help it if I keep on checking out my watch on the timing though... It's the kiasu runner in me... Hehe...
On the running against God bit, too far fetched for moi... :P