So on occasion I will write about a famous or celebrity runner and share with you what their experience was like. Who knows, we may all learn something new.
Today I'd like to share Apolo Ohno's story regarding his 2011 ING New York City Marathon. Everyone knows Apolo as an the most decorated (2 gold, 2 silver & 4 bronze medals) winter Olympian and speed skater Champion, but what you may not know is that he set a goal to run the New York City Marathon in under 3 and 1/2 hours. Well, he crushed that goal and ran it in an impressive 3:25:14.
According to parade magazine...
Apolo Ohno is also known for his stint on "Dancing With The Stars", and he was challenged to run the ING New York Marathon by his fellow Subway enthusiast Jared Fogle, who completed the marathon in 2010 in 5:13:28. Apolo had already run the Chicago half-marathon and thought it seemed pretty easy, in fact he said he felt pretty good after completing it. He then ran 16 miles and thought how ridiculous it really was, his feet hurt, calves, hamstrings, knees and joints.
He said that it was totally a mental thing, because he did not have great running technique. When asked who he would want to join his marathon team he replied, "There's too many". A few of those names are, Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps, Michael Johnson, Michael Jordan, Oprah, Obama and a few Bush's as well.
With a group of friends like that, who wouldn't want to be on his marathon team...I would. I personally have really only wanted to train and run in a half marathon so far, but maybe that is just because I'm pretty positive I could finish 13.1 miles...and fear that 26.2 is too far out of reach. Maybe I'll have to revisit that thought soon. If I can SURVIVE cancer, change my life from sedentary to very active, I guess I need to believe that I could complete a full marathon with the proper training.
Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck.
"Limitations only exist if you let them"
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