Quote Of The Day
“I can trace my thoughts about a sub-4 minute mile all the way back to middle school. Just starting my running career, I had no idea the challenge and work that lay before me, but I was extremely optimistic. From eighth to 10th grade I weighed less than 100 pounds. I was cut from my middle school baseball, and basketball teams with the coaches saying, ‘You need to grow a little taller.’ ‘You need to get stronger.’ … Then I found my home in track and field, a place where size didn’t matter. In eighth grade, I mustered a 5:29 mile, in ninth 4:59, and by 10th grade I got it down to 4:50. I was on my way. I worked hard did everything I was told to do, always telling myself I was going to be good when I was older, stronger, and possibly after that ‘growth spurt.'”
“… As I hit the line, I looked over at the clock as it ticked from 3:57 to 3:58, and I immediately threw my arms up realizing I had just broken the 4-minute barrier, 15 years after that skinny kid stepped onto the track in eighth grade.”
– Donnie Cowart talking about his “15-year journey” to a sub-4 minute mile which culminated last weekend with a 3:58.43 2nd-place finish at the Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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