After winning gold in the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres runs at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki this man casually decided last minute to enter the marathon event, which would be the first marathon of his life. This man, named Emil Zátopek went on to win the marathon taking his Helsinki gold medal total to three.
It’s no surprise that he is widely considered to be one of the greatest runners of the 20th century. In today’s listening this question was posed about Emil:
“Is he a great man who happens to run or a great man because he ran?”
There is no conclusive answer in the book, much the same as the chicken or egg riddle, however some interesting correlations regarding the capacity to love and capacity to love running. Both require loosing your grip on your own desires, putting aside what you wanted and taking what you got. Being patient, forgiving and undemanding.
I’m no closer to figuring this one out but if you have the answer I’d love to hear it.
Until tomorrow, keep running towards better!
I listened to 49% of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Today’s route can be found here: