Lost Blogs: Day 3
|I loved running. There was nothing quite so liberating as feeling the wind rush through my hair. The pounding of my heart. The throbbing of my lungs. It was the ultimate high.|
I don’t know how many of you have ever been involved in racing… I mean on foot and not the automobile kind. If you have, you know how important your feet are to your very existence. They, along with your legs, are everything. If you don’t take of them, they don’t take care of you.
My feet were no less important. And I did have them taken care of… very well, in fact. I constantly had them cleaned and pedicured to make sure that nothing was wrong with them. And doctors were always examining them for instances of bone splints or excessive callusing. You just can’t take the risk that something will go wrong with them.
But another key to racing is comfort. Even if your feet are well taken care of, they can’t do much if they uncomfortable.
A lack of comfort leads to cramping; which, in turn, leads to fatigue; and then, in a worst-case scenario, you lose.
The threat of what could potentially happen should I lose and not place was always looming over my head. And it was quite the motivator.
If I didn’t win, I was worthless. And, since racing was the only thing I knew, there was no way I could ever try to do anything else. I guess I could retire and settle down and start a family. But, who would have me?
The answer is simple… nobody.
Nobody likes a loser. Even fewer can love one.
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Posted by: Ms Sisyphus | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 08:22 AM
Did you wear No. 4 on your jersey?
Posted by: H.F. Peterman | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 09:06 AM
Yeah, always make sure you have a good set of shoes. Just give me the answer, and I'll endorse. Your friend, Ed.
Posted by: Mike B. | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 09:37 AM
Historical blogger, you have me bummed.
Posted by: Hubert Sorbet | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 10:03 AM
Man, it's like o war out there trying solve these things.
Posted by: scott | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 12:05 PM
i agree with Mike/Ed. It's all about the shoes. Eh, Big Red...?
i finally figured it out...nice choice...
Posted by: suze | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 12:57 PM
You are doing such a great job with this, Kevin! If I didn't know who it is, I wouldn't have a clue!
Posted by: SJ | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 01:01 PM
"Nobody likes a loser. Even fewer can love one."
Great line. I wish it helped me know who the hell this is!
Posted by: Karl | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 02:11 PM
Ok, so I'm thinking....Prefontaine?
Posted by: Jacynth | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 03:31 PM
I'm kind of sad for him!
Posted by: sandra | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 04:13 PM
I feel like this is my hundredth time to type this today, but I have no idea. Considering I think this is some sort of athlete-type person (yes, that is the technical term) I have resigned myself to not knowing until you actually tell us who it is.
Posted by: Nicole | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 06:13 PM
Since I'm sports stupid, I'd never guess this on my own.
Posted by: Rabbit | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 06:36 PM
I am with Jac. Prefontaine and NIKE. You blew me away dude!! Nice pick if it is!!
Posted by: mikey | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 07:14 PM
I'm with Scott.
Posted by: Jaclyn | Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 10:34 PM