The timing for this run was not ideal. I was still sore from Sunday’s ten miles. On top of that excuse, I needed to get out the door and drive two and half hours north. Driving tired and late at night would be a bad idea. I have a business conference over the next two days. If I didn’t get up there Tuesday, I would have to drive in rush hour traffic through New York on Wednesday morning. That was not going to happen. I contemplated not running. To kill time and let the excuses marinate, I started just flipping through youtube waiting for my wife and kids to get home. After clicking away, I found an inspirational video.
I had not seen this footage of the ’92 Olympics in a long time. Derek Redmond’s Olympic run was the last of his career. It was all over during the run that should have been the culmination of a lifetime of work and training. His hamstring was torn and he fell to his knees with no way to finish. He stood up with what little power he had left and attempted to hobble to the finish line. Even when he mentally knew it was over, he finished the race with the assistance of his father. Though officially disqualified, he received a standing ovation from the crowd. Most would have given up, laid down and allowed themselves to get carried away in a stretcher. It was a rare display of what the human spirit can accomplish. The mind can overcome the pain of the body. After tearing his hamstring, his doctor told he would never run nor play a professional sport again. However, he eventually played professional basketball for Great Britain. How can I whine about a little soreness, when people like Derek exist? Some times we need an inspiration from others to keep us going. Where do you get your inspiration when you need an extra boost?
Next Run: 3 Miles (Wednesday)
Next Workout: P90X (Disc 04) (Wednesday)
Next Race: Burlington Race for the Hungry 5K