I've had a difficult time trying to figure out Ryan Hall. His training regime, his injuries and missed starts in major races. Part of me wants to scream, "Man up, dude!" Another part understands the time and commitment required to get to the starting line at 100% and perform at the top of your game.
When I see elites drop out of races as they fall out of contention, I understand the sentiment of save yourself for another day, I understand, but don't necessarily agree.
Those rules don't apply to the recreational runner. We train through the cold of winter and the heat of summer. We plan for "the big one." Our goal race, our one bite at the apple. We have to take the day we're given.
When Meb Keflezighi posted the picture of his bloody knee on Twitter, I assumed he would be the next one to drop out of the New York Marathon.
I was running in Hamilton the morning of the New York Marathon so I didn't get to catch up until later in the day. The first thing I saw was this video of Meb on Flotrack.
I was dumbfounded. He got it. He understood. He wore his heart on his sleeve and embraced the overwhelming emotion of the past year. And. And he crossed the finish line because he had to
Later Mike Cassidy wrote about the experience, what it meant to him, to run with his hero.
"As Meb and I made our way through the park, the surreality of the situation was matched only by its profound normalcy. I was running stride for stride with my hero, yet I couldn’t help feeling as if we were somehow equals. Credit it to Meb’s humility: there was no hierarchy, no pretension, no pecking order. Just two guys helping each other get through a run. "Meb may not feel like a hero, but what he did in New York was just that - heroic.
After 2013, finish lines will never be the same, thank you Meb for restoring my faith and my ambition.