On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jesus Take the Wheel

Ryan Hall is now being coached by G-d.  Or something.  The language is a little awkward.

Seriously; read that.  What does it even mean?

I'm not knocking religion, but it sounds from his blog like Ryan Hall doesn't have a training plan any more.  He's letting the lord tell him what to do.

On a second read, it sounds more like what he's saying is that he's not going to commit his training plan to paper.  He'll still have a training plan (and he is a world-class athlete; I'm sure he could create a world-class training plan with no problem).  But he'll take it day-by-day, which allows flexibility.  Honestly, that doesn't sound unreasonable.

But I'll be very curious to see if this works for him or not.  Maybe I'm just jealous - I do a version of this training plan every day, wherein I listen to my instinct tell me what I should run that day.  My instinct isn't exactly what you would call "tough."

Also?  What a surprise.  I'm rethinking my marathon retirement, already.  And so is Haile Gebrselassie!  From twitter:

I'm still game for that reality show, though.


  1. Possible new sponsor opportunity?

  2. On the old, old boards, there used to be a Jesus Run Forum. Total creative hilarity. I can't find it now, which is sad.

  3. Hall may be done. He's always been a Jesus freak, but now he may have gone off the deep end. Too much time in the altitude tent? ;p