Since life doesn't stop running for me, why should I stop running for life. Running, more running, and even more running with a bit of something called life thrown in. I love to run & everything track. I'm a middle distance runner turned hurdler who craves a bit of speed every so often. I finally found my way back competing in 2007 after being on a 7 year hiatus.
Sometimes you fall down but you dust yourself off and pick yourself up. As a hurdler you absolutely cannot be afraid to fall, it's inevitable and it happens at least once in the season. This time around the hurdle got the best of my shin, some nice bruising and a small gash that probably could have used a stitch (maybe a butterfly one at the least).
One day at practice a couple weeks ago my coach happen to ask if anyone wanted to be interviewed for an article about sprinting for the NY Times. I started to hesitate but then all I could think about was trying to get the word out about being a sprinter and how frustrated I get trying to explain it all. One of my biggest grievances with being a runner and telling people I am so is their first response, it's always are you running or training for such and such marathon. No, never, not a snowball's chance in any near future. Then I get the whole break down of but why not, you run don't you. There is SO much more to the world of running than marathons. I am a sprinter and hurdler, for some odd reason many people just can't gasp that. The whole how many miles do you run a week, again I'm not a distance runner so I don't account my mileage as highly as someone who runs much longer distances than myself. Don't get me wrong mileage is accrued and important but high mileage is not so much.
In light of it I decided YES I will volunteer my voice, and I thought it would be pretty cool to be in print in the newspaper. When I got the call from the reporter doing the article I was stoked. But then after I gave her all my info about myself the interview started to go a bit off. It wasn't in a bad way, just strange. I realized at that point I would not be getting the word out about the sprinting arena quite the way I thought. A few of the questions just weren't congruent with the sport as a sport. At one point she asked how many times I attended the sprint classes, well they're not classes it's practice. It's not like a spin or aerobics class, I do this in order to compete. Another bizarre question was have you noticed your body change since you started sprinting, wasn't really sure how to respond to this one. At the end I felt like I was questioning myself not knowing how to answer her questions. I was beyond curious as to what this article was going say.
A few weeks later it came out and just as I suspected not what I was hoping for. It wasn't bad, just not about sprinters as a separate entity in the sport. Here's the link to the write up: NY Times.