400 Hurdles, 400 Opportunities to Overcome
This Ralph Lauren men’s varsity sweater is a similar version of the one that had alluded me last winter, causing an [over]analysis of what went awry in my fourth ever blog post. (I’d also like to note that the aforementioned Topshop floral corset dress eventually became mine when it miraculously came back in stock).
The varsity style takes me back to my high school track and cross country years when I proudly wore my varsity letterman winter jacket and windbreaker. In my winter and spring track seasons, I primarily ran the 400 meter (m) hurdles, individual 400m, 4x400m relays, and sprint medleys as the 400m leg, as well as other races such as the 100m hurdles, 100m, 200m, 600m, and 800m. I was also a long jumper and a [semi] triple jumper- or at least I attempted to conjur up the required coordination in meets. While I stopped running when I got to college (with the exception of running to class), I have the best memories and have taken this notion away that runs silently, yet constantly, through my head-
I never learned my limits- and better yet, I learned that I don’t have any. The moments I thought I had reached my limits- whether it was feeling immobile on the last track straightaway with a herd of hurdles to tackle in a close race (and wondering if the officials would notice if I crawled right through the barriers)… to running on dry sand around a lake in a cross country meet (when all I wanted to do was cannonball jump- or with my then energy level, fall into the dirty water and float)… to running up the same steep hill 20 times in 10 degree snow-falling weather during practice (while I deliriously envisioned stripping my four layers of warmth/Marshmallow Man likeness, collapsing, and making snow angels- if I was still able to move, that is)- I learned that I can achieve so much more if I don’t limit myself to the cannots. This realization- this intimate understanding with myself- got me through the LA Marathon with zero training, 1,000 different kinds of pain in my legs, and all of the beliefs in the world that my being- body and spirit- is limitless.