For most of us running on the track is a means to an end. We need a little more speed so we go run some repeat intervals. But for some of us, running on the track is the means to the ultimate end game—an Olympic medal. In the first case getting a good kick or holding a pace gives us a little self satisfaction—a sense that we might get a PR in our next 10K or marathon. In the second, finding a little kick at the end means everything.
Here’s a collage of some of the most edge-of-your-seat races. Sadly, you rarely hear a race called like these anymore. Just watching got my heart rate up!
I found myself at the age of 38 the single full time working mother of 3 small children. I took up running because I figured I could get the biggest benefit in the least amount of time. Swearing never to run a marathon I found myself going out for a 4 - 6 mile run several times a week.
I ran my first marathon 6 years later. Five years after that I ran another and then the next year another. Then I got bit by the triathlon bug so now I split my time between running, swimming and cycling. This year I think I'll run another marathon. And next year - who knows?