Lahti, Finland. August 2009. Master’s Track & Field World Championships. Men’s 50-54 age-group, 400 meters. Lane 8.
You ask a great question. Why would anyone strive for lane 8?
It’s the lane the slowest contestant uses. Most would say it’s the worst lane to be in.
To be in lane 8, in the finals of the world championships would mean to be in the top 8 in the entire world.
Now does it make more sense?
This morning’s run was 25 minutes of slow jogging. The first mile, there was some noticeable pain in my left heel. Not enough to stop running, but enough to keep me from saying, “I feel great!”
Just sent an email to the Sales team in Lahti, Finland to inquire about accomodations near the track stadium.
Nervous. Excited. Hopeful. Humble.
Make it a GREAT day, because if you don’t, who will? Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂