Monday, February 23, 2009


In his book
A Clean Pair of Heels,
Murray Halberg of New Zealand,
after winning an
Olympic gold medal wrote:
“I had always imagined
an Olympic champion
was something more
than a mere mortal,
in fact, a god.
Now I know he was
just a human being.”
Halberg meant,
more or less,
that runners who
work hard –
in a reasonably intelligent
and consistent way –
are quite capable of
great achievements.
Dream races and, yes,
even Olympic medals
aren’t necessarily awarded
to those blessed
with supernatural talent.

“The Running Trivia Book”
Mark Will-Weber
Breakaway Books