Competition

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Racing

Runners World posted an interesting story about the 2000 Foot Locker CC championship race. The top three finishers high school runners in that race ended up becoming the greatest American runners for the following decade.

A quote in there by Dathan Ritzenhein stood out for me. He said, “I know it sounds strange,” he says, “but all I remember is that it felt so bizarre to have other runners around me. There hadn’t been anyone near me in a race for a long time.”

I felt that feeling before after running a dozen of easy 5k local races and then you finally run a race where the competition is nothing but elites. That feeling mixed with adrenaline is a deadly combo that could either help or hurt you for the first few moments of a race.

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