Wednesday, March 2, 2016

No Pain No Gain In Life

Burfoot, Amby. "The Turning Point." Runner's World. Web. 02 Mar. 2016.

This article is an inspirational one that discusses about one of my true passions which is distance running.The passage tells a story about elite athletes Ryan Hall,Alan Webb,and Dathan Ritzheim who were probably the best high school runners of all time who broke the 4:00 barrier.The tale goes that the best athletes in the country go to compete in a huge cross country race in Oak Trail Golf course,Orlando.The article starts with Webb tuned into music and thinking about his plan for the big race ahead.All the big athletes are described as well with their personal times and backgrounds to show each of their unique attributes and how they will compete in the race .I like this story because it talks about execution within a race and about beating opponents and fighting through the pain. As a track runner I highly agree with this strategy because I know if you go after someone who has never lost a race and fight through the pain you might just get a fantastic PR and possibly pass that person.For example Webb talks about Ritzheim never losing a cross country race and he was right because Ritzheim fought through the pain and won the race.I believe that no one should never hold another runner back from going for the gold even if that runner is 5 '6 and weighs 112!

Do you agree? Do you have your own strategies/values in competitive running?

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