An Open letter to Pre.
I came across this photo today and I immediately felt the need to write something about it. Three and a half years ago, I used to run predominantly when it was embedded within another sport. Not saying that I never ran, it’s just it was always a phase. I ran in high-school because I wasn’t really good at other sports, but once I got better at basketball and football, I immediately quit. I started up again in 2006 when I met my partner. She is a swimmer and used to run to cross-train, so I decided to join her whenever she went out. I really did it with her because I just wanted to spend some extra time with her, but she used to kill me at it. I barely could last 3 kilometres and it’s not that I was overweight or anything. I really just didn’t have it in me or the necessary fitness requirements.
Along came 2009. I bought the Nike plus pod and the accompanying footwear then promptly decided to go on a 10km run with my friend J. Immediately after I decided I wanted to run a half-marathon. Well that Half marathon came and went. I dropped out at the 9km mark and my new obsession quickly faded; that is until I came across Mr. Steve Prefontaine. His mustache, bravado, ignorance of pace, abrasiveness on the run, it was everything I loved. I loved that about other sports icons. Pre made me fall in love with running. I remember reading everything in sight about him. I gobbled it all up. I wanted to know everything about him. His regimen, eating habits, his training plan, his turnover rate, his shoe preferences, eating preferences, I wanted to seriously be just like him. I was gushing. When I watched Jared Leto play Pre I became more in love. I just wanted to run. He continues to be my inspiration. I try to bring his swagger to the ultra scene. I tend to do things my own way and I feel it was all inspired by the original running trailblazer.
I run every workout. I don’t even care if it’s good for ultrarunning. I’ll do speed work, fast tempo workouts, crazy back to back runs, and it’s this confidence in my methods that I thank Pre for his influence.
Hail to the chief. I will continue to be just like Pre.
“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”