Wowee the London 2012 Olympic Games are almost upon us, one week to go! The final count down has begun.
I will be glued to a screen of some type but I can’t decide whether to invest in a TV for the Games coverage, or just make do with the lap top! The real debate however is about which coverage to watch – American or British? NBC or BBC? Watch this space as I test the two to find out who is better (that will be a real test of remaining unbiased). Trusty Letsrun will probably be a much frequented site too…
As a Brit away from home, my loyalty to Team GB remains strong, but it will be so difficult in events such as the women’s marathon and the men’s 5000m where great runners who deserve all our support will be competing against each other: Flanagan & Goucher vs. Radcliffe & Hallisey; Rupp vs. Farah. (Awesome article about Shalane Flanagan HERE).
There are going to be many epic battles, disappointments and heroes made – that’s what it is all about. You could say that many battles have been fought by most athletes just to reach the Olympics, a thousand times over. And how many people did not make the Olympics?
I will also be supporting from afar my Dad and sister who are both working at the Games. As a volunteer my Dad has taken two weeks off work, unpaid, just to be there and my sister is part of the organising team for the triathlon at Hyde Park. It will be a busy and exhausting time for them both but I know they wouldn’t miss it for the world!
Events outside the Olympics still need a mention. The Badwater Ultra Marathon saw Claire Heid finish as the youngest woman ever to complete the 135 mile run. Brilliant under such tough conditions!
On a final note, a report from the epic Around-Oahu run by HURT runner Mike M can be read HERE. Mike, sounding like an Olympian, talks about the hard work and ‘time on your feet’ that is necessary to become a distance runner, and how only the correct training and experience will prepare you for any major run or event. I’ll leave you with a short excerpt in which Mike astutely describes what most of us are looking for out there on the roads, tracks or trails – a little piece of something wonderful:
“In this world of inner battles, there are those moments of beauty, those instances of awareness of the exquisiteness of this turbulent world, that pierce the soul and leave one breathless. Running out toward the edge, along the limits of the body and the mind the world is just as often so sharply in focus that it slices deep into the psyche, as it is a million miles away, lost in the hazes of pain and discomfort, and all too often a minor character in the tragicomedy of a soul seeking the holy grail.”
GOOD LUCK ALL OLYMPIANS!