How do you do a competition the right way?


The Philosophy of Ryan Hall

A shaggy blond man loped along the streets of Santa Monica early on Friday morning, two days before the Los Angeles Marathon. He wore a white shirt, black shorts, and a yellow cap pulled low, from which his surfer shag nonetheless hung, nearly obscuring his eyes. He chatted easily, with his California lilt, about a recent trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he ran long hours through the hills. “You’re just, like, crawling on these runs at nine thousand feet, and we’re running on these grass fields. They just go forever, you know,” he said. “So it’s a soft surface, and sometimes you just feel like you’re just melting into the ground. And then you’re surrounded by thousands of Ethiopian guys who are just, like, flying all around you.” “Good luck, Ryan!” someone on the sidewalk shouted as he passed. ….[READ]


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