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Thursday, May 28, 2009

The enjoyable, painful and dreadful art of running
By RYAN TIGRO Grade 12 “Five minutes and forty seconds. Wow,” you say as you realize you’ve clipped your first mile thirty seconds off pace and nine more miles to go. The words struggle out and breath fills in the cracks of the broken syllables. None the less there is a strange sense of satisfaction and disgust that comes along with being faster than you have ever been before. The enjoyment, the pain, and the dread are all wrapped up in the sport of running. Good The best men I have ever met, I have met through my running experiences. My best friends and my greatest rivals are what have pushed me to better times and bettering myself over the years. Competitively running has helped me learn valuable life lessons: patience, self-discipline, reward and punishment, and solidarity. I enjoy seeing myself improve and going to practice to meet up with my friends as we are about to endeavor yet another brutal workout, but we all know what it yields. The Phoenixville Area Track and Field team has been undefeated for five consecutive seasons and as seniors, the responsibility of a sixth year falls on me and my friends. Bad It is easy for those who play other sports say running is easy; all it is one leg in front of the other faster than walking. However, running is tough. I would even go as far to say it is one of the toughest sports around. Day in and day out runners find themselves gasping, reaching for any amount of oxygen to take in. The intervals on the track burn the muscles all over the body. Once your veins begin pumping the lactic acid, the acidic feeling brought about by using more oxygen than your body can produce, you have no option but to run some more. Running is also one of the most unique sports. A sport based on time, the ticking of the clock, a race not only with one’s competition but also themselves presents the ultimate challenge. Out on the track there is nowhere to hide, no bench to sit on, no substitution, and no time out. Track and Field is all in the numbers, plain as the black and white paper right underneath your nose. Runners are always comparing themselves to their contemporary and historical rivals as well as their performances of the past. You can run a 4:30 mile but some guy two counties over runs a 4:25. In football and basketball, you can be the See RUNNING, Page 5

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