Running Is an Imperfect Sport

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:25 AM

There are grand runners, grand venues, grand weather, grand competitors, and grand races. There are number perfect days. The secret to running and racing is acceptance, perseverance and positivity.

Running Is an Imperfect Sport

Perfection doesn't exist in the world of running. There are grand runners, grand venues, grand weather, grand competitors, and grand races. There are number perfect days. The secret to running and racing is acceptance, perseverance and positivity.

We can running anywhere. Intervals don't have to be done on the track. Hills are made from treadmills, bridges, and piles of almond husks. To run, we only necessity the will to train and the space to move.

If the local track isn't available, move your workout to the open roads. Olympic marathoner and running legend, Meb Keflezighi does this intentionally. In his book, Meb for Mortals, he says "Doing interval workouts and pace runs on a bike path or road better prepares me for my races." The imperfections of the road and trace are what create us stronger.

In preparation for the one thousand nine hundred eighty-two Boston Marathon, Dick Beardsley knew he needed to master Heartbreak Hill if he was going to beat Alberto Salazar. He left the warmth of GA and flew to Boston, MA where he was greeted by an epic Nor'easter. Frigid winds howled and heavy snow blanketed the roads. Beardsley was undeterred. He convinced his coach to let him attack the hills as planned despite the worsening weather conditions.

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Beardsley left fresh tracks in the snow as he climbed up and down Heartbreak Hill eight times that day. Each time he grew stronger and more confident knowing that his opponent was somewhere warm and comfortable. When he finished his workout he told his coach the hills belonged to him.

In two thousand-fourteenth, I ran the NY City Marathon for the second time. My goal was to running faster than ever before, and qualify for the Boston Marathon by running below 3:25:00. I did everything right and felt very confident before the race.

On race morning, the winds howled through the staging area in Fort Wadsworth. Runners huddled in groups below blankets and in between UPS trucks to stay warm. Crossing the Verrazano Narrows bridge, I was blown sideways by wind gusts reaching speeds of over forty mph. Winds would continue to blow at a steady twenty mph. It wasn't a day for quick times and personal records.

As I ran, I thought about my long training runs along the NH seacoast. I was used to battling winds that could thieve the breath from your mouth and create you perceive as if you were running in place. I crossed the line in 3:20:01.

Perfection is an illusory concept. We chase perfection, yet we know it's unattainable. Running is an imperfect sport that rewards those who adapt and persist regardless of the conditions. To paraphrase the words of poet and author Margaret Atwood: "If I waited for perfection, I'd never run again."

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