Posted: Today at 09:27
Always wondered Dean, if you had started out with a HM of 1:55 and after a year of training had managed to get it down to 1:40, would you have bothered? If your eyeballs out 1500m had been a 5:15 or your 800m a 2:35, then what?
i wouldnt have bothered...but the reason i would have that attitude is because i wouldnt have tapped out at that level. so it would never have been enough.
I dont like training, its dull. there is nothing fun about a 15m long slow run around stoke on trent on a rainy sunday morning. but i do love track sessions. and i love competition and races to test myself. I used to like taking exams but was bored by the revision....same thing as running for me. i like the challenge but the graft is just a necessary evil i need to do to do my best at the challenge.
Ric - 5 years ago you could have been saying that about me. a very fast youngster who quit and was never seen again. Certainly not on Po10. but the fact is i was off playing another sport to a national level for 15 yrs. we are all different but i would rather have 3 yrs at the top than 30 years in the middle. i know many others will be opposite to that.
At england schools level there was one chap i always raced and he was lightning. one of the few i rarely beat over 800m as a kid. he disappeared at 18 beause he had a kid and worked in a factory on shifts. it made being a top class runner near impossible for him. his was a waste of talent but he found life get in the way. he breifly flickered back to life for one season and made the AAA's racing and getting beat by Cram. but then life got in the way again. If he had a bit more luck with life he would have been a household name over middle distance.