Friday, October 19, 2007


It was shortly after that incident that Cassidy began noticing something very strange in his training: it was nearly impossible to make himself hurt. His ten miles in the morning left him only flushed and hungry; in the afternoon he thrashed himself through his distance run or interval workout and finished feeling somewhat itchy, as if something were up. This night he told Denton about this strange sensation of invulnerability. Cassidy admitted to being very puzzled.

But the Olympian just settled back against the porch step, sipped on his coffee and smiled warmly at the miler.

“How nice,” he said, “for you to have arrived right on time.”

The words above are an excerpt from Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr.

While I most definitely do not mean to equate my speed and/or fitness to that of this world class, albeit fictional character, I did reach this point on a number of occasions during last winter’s preparation for IM CDA 07.

And as my running begins to return and the other pieces start to fall in place, I hope for that same feeling during this upcoming winter as I prepare for IM CDA 08.

See you there.

Thank you for reading.


Curly Su said...


Tea said...

That's a great story!

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

how inspiring! Truly looking forward to clinking mugs with you sir!!

supalinds said...

Great story!! I love when training feels like that.

SWTrigal said...

Now THAT is awesome. I want that too!