needing right now
Is winning all that counts? Are you absolutely sure about that?
Very little has been said about this…..On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai - bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner - the certain winner of the race - mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.
Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.
Ivan Fernandez Anaya, a Basque runner of 24 years who is considered an athlete with a big future (champion of Spain of 5,000 meters in promise category two years ago) said after the test:
"But even if they had told me that winning would have earned me a place in the Spanish team for the European championships, I wouldn’t have done it either. I also think that I have earned more of a name having done what I did than if I had won. And that is very important, because today, with the way things are in all circles, in soccer, in society, in politics, where it seems anything goes, a gesture of honesty goes down well."
He said at the beginning: “unfortunately, very little has been said of the gesture. And it’s a shame. In my opinion, it would be nice to explain to children, so they do not think that sport is only what they see on TV: violent kicks in abundance, posh statements, fingers in the eyes of the enemy …”
A park visitor films an American black bear and her two cubs in Yellowstone, December 1965.
Photograph by Dean Conger, National Geographic
The meet went well. There was only 3 colleges competing so not that many runners.
The start was fast! Like the gun surprised us all. I slowed down a bit during the 2nd mile.
22:45 is what I got on my watch but the results showed 23:20. I think the timers were late because of that start. I don’t know…
We have our 2nd race of the season on Saturday. Although I strained my hip flexor this week, I really want to do well. I really want to prove to everyone that I’ve been putting in the work and the miles and I’m here to improve.
My hip hurts less when I run faster so that will help me push but I know how strong I can run and I know how to be friends with pain. I want to feel myself at that threshold.
I don’t think any D1’s will be there so it won’t be as fast as my first race but I’m shooting for low 22’s at this point.
live life like a plant. absorb the sunlight, listen to the birds, and root yourself. even when pieces of you wilt, continue to grow and thrive! drink lots of water and bloom into whatever you want to be!!