Quote Of The Day
“I sprained my left ankle on some steps and was back to it hurting just to walk. The night before the race I was almost crying, begging the race organizers, ‘Don’t you have any painkillers that will pass anti-doping?’ I ended up just getting some ice at the hotel and spent hours icing my left ankle. The whole time I was icing I was berating myself, … ‘Why this, why now?” Then the tears really did start coming out at my own stupidity for spraining my ankle. … In that kind of situation there was nothing else I could do, so I said, ‘Please, God, Buddha, whoever, for tomorrow’s race please don’t let this pain get worse. If you hold off on this ankle I will endure whatever other suffering you want me to,’ and prayed for divine (Buddhistic?) intervention. … Thanks to a string of good luck I was able to end up on the podium with a 2:09. All things considered, once I finished all I could think was that a miracle really had happened out there.”
– Japanese citizen runner Yuki Kawauchi writing about how he qualified for Japan’s 2017 World marathon squad by running through an ankle sprain to finish 3rd at last year’s Fukuoka Marathon. This comes from the first of a great three part series written by Kawauchi. *Part 2 *Part 3
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