Birm, you have to finish! You know there are people that make a good living writing song lyrics-
Apples and oranges- No comparison between the stop and go of football and a straight 15-30k race whether you train specifically or not.
I opine as a past participant in both.
Very first comment after years of reading inspired by this eloquent young man! Impressive communication skills and much more mature than I at his age. Good luck and welcome aboard. Many Meechy Cakes!