There was a recent Q&A interview with Fernando Cabada, which was a really good read. You can check it out here. In the interview, he talked about how he wants to do things so people remember him 30 yrs from now. Whatever level that may be at… high school, college, city, state, region, nation-wide, or world-wide… this is food for thought. I had already reflected on this 2 1/2 years ago, which really hit me after losing my friend and Marathonguide.com Teammate, Sally Meyerhoff. I realized that I needed to be my own person and do what no one else has done (or very few can do) to leave my mark on the world- to find my niche as a runner (and in other aspects of life) and go for it!
The thing I realized is- you’re less likely to be remembered if you take the traditional path as an elite runner. The concept of pursuing fast times and lifetime personal bests is blown to the wind, when it’s likely already been done by thousands before you, and thousands in the future. Only so many can truly be fast enough to be remembered for their speed alone… or to be in contention to become an “Olympian”. [Read more...]