Thursday, May 6, 2010

Solinsky's Run

Chris Solinsky's 10,000 meter record is one of the most beautiful American distance running records I have ever seen in my opinion. I will forever be inspired by it. It also shows what a great event the 10,000 is-track or road. I recommend anyone to watch the video of the entire race on flotrack.

The 10,000 is such a great race. It is the perfect mix of stamina, strength, and some speed. It is a grueling event that can relate somewhat to the marathon when run on a track-25 arduous laps that can be very daunting.

Before Chris Solinsky, the 27:00 minute barrier has never been broken by a non-african-born runner. Shattering the American record, becoming the first American under 27, AND the first white guy under 27 are what makes this run so special.

But even above all that achieved, the run was special in itself because of the surprise. Chris suprised and captured runners all over the world of the hidden potential of any athlete. I think a lot of athletes training very hard can relate to this(including myself). Exceeding expectations and goals is the most rewarding but rare moment that happens. It is the moment of a pure high for the competitive distance runner-that nothing has limits-there are no limits to what you can do. Chris sends a message to athletes to believe in themselves, believe in their training, and if you stick with it, you will get the ultimate satisfaction of surprising not others, but yourself of what you can do.

Congratulations Chris on an outstanding performance.

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