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Stop Pre

Ran to and from the gym yesterday and took the shortest route due to an early airport departure.

Steve Prefontaine was the catalyst for the American “jogging movement” in the 1970’s.

He was literally unbeatable and held every American running record (indoors and outdoors) from 1,000 meters to the 5,000).

An opposing team created t-shirts that said, “Stop Pre”.

It didn’t work.

He was a rebel who also happened to be a runner. That’s a story for a Google search in your spare time.

RIP Steve: May 30, 1975 (car accident). He was 24.

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Stop Pre

Steve Prefontaine at one time owned every American running record from 1,000 meters, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. His competitors made shirts like this…it never worked. They are legendary and currently available at U of Oregon’s bookstore.
Steve Prefontaine quote
Photo: Back of the shirt from this morning…wrote today’s posts midmorning instead of before sunrise.

Your body is a gift. Please don’t sacrifice it.

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Can I Ask You Another?

Hayward Field, Oregon 2009
Hayward Field, Oregon 2009

World Championships, Finland 2009
World Championships, Finland 2009

What is Lane 8?

Lane 8 is the worst lane in Track & Field.  Fast runners are put in the middle lanes and slower runners are assigned the outer lanes.  The slowest competitor is always assigned Lane 8.

And in the 400 meters, which I compete in, you stay in your lane the entire race.  The way the starting lines are staggered, makes it look like Lane 8 is way out in front, when in fact, it’s the exact same distance as the others.

So many consider lane 8 the worst lane because you cannot see any of the other competitors, until they pass you.

My goal is to be in Lane 8, the worst lane.  And I also don’t care if I come in last.  Seriously.

Our son (9) says, “Dad, you want the worst lane and you don’t care if you come in last?”

(Pause for effect, and read each of the next three sentences with decent pauses in between)

“That’s right, son, Lane 8.  In the finals.  At the World Championships.”

I continued the answer for our son, “You can come in last and still be the eighth best in the entire world.”

I then shared the moral of the story with our son:

“You can go through life and set the bar low, reach it, but then live with the regret of wondering what you could have done if you tried harder.  Or, you can set the bar ridiculously high, fail, and yet live with peace because you know in your heart you did your very best.”

Ya with me?

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When and where was the HS Mile record set?

Alan Webb You Tube video, breaking the USA National High School record for one mile, at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, May 28, 2001.

Here’s an article with Alan Webb’s story from that day.

By the way, the great Jim Ryan held the previous record for 36 years.   This was a monumental day in High School Track & Field.

The winner of the race was Hicham El Guerrouj, from Morocco, the world record-holder, who ran 3:49.92, the fastest mile ever run in North America.

Amazing things happen all the time.  We often forget that they can also happen to us, and do happen to us, but we don’t recognize them because they are not record-breaking feats.

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂