Quote Of The Day
“My goal this year was just – if I was going to do this to this level and to this degree, I have to get back to being competitive in all the races I run. No matter if it’s the Turkey Trot in San Jose or the Shanghai Diamond League, it’s about being competitive and running races to win.
I think in 2013 and 2014 I forgot about that. I thought more about trying to run fast. Just as running fast is important, being competitive in the races you run is even more important. Coming into this season, I just thought, ‘Man, if I’m not going to be competitive on a U.S. scale or even on an international scale, what the hell am I doing?’
It was two years of poor racing and poor training. I was like, ‘Man, I’m kind of sick of this. What am I doing out here anymore?’ So I just thought if I can just start running competitively, get my nose into all the races that I run, stay focused on that, then maybe I’ll just keep doing it.”
– Ben Blankenship, who came within .19 of winning his DL debut last weekend in Shanghai, talking to LetsRun.com about what his goals were entering this year. Walking away from the sport wasn’t just something Blankenship considered this year – he also considered it in 2012.
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