A 15-miler before breakfast? That’s a typical day for Ryan Hall as he prepares to run the 2013 New York City Marathon in November.
At the risk of sounding like a swooning teenage girl, I have a confession to make: I have an autographed poster of Ryan Hall hanging in my study at home, prominently displayed on a wall where I’ll eventually get around to hanging more memorabilia from my trip to the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Ryan Hall is a devout Christian, a faithful husband, an all-around good guy, and America’s best marathon runner. The poster on my wall is from Hall’s run at the 2010 Boston Marathon (see how much we have in common?), where he placed fourth with a 2:08:40 finish (okay, not so much in common). He ran the Boston Marathon again in 2011 and, again, placed fourth, this time with a 2:04:58 finish — the fastest marathon ever for an American. He also holds the American record for the half-marathon (59:43).
I waited in line for what seemed like hours (actually, I think it was literally “hours”) to get Hall’s autograph on my poster. Hall was scheduled to run the Boston Marathon this year but had to pull out due to an injury. Nevertheless, being the good guy that he is, Hall welcomed hundreds of his fans with a smile and a word of encouragement for our race.
Below his (illegible) signature, he added:
“John 10:10” … a reference to the words of Jesus:
I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.
So, being a fan, of course I was thrilled to stumble across a recent video. Here’s the description:
A day in the life of Ryan Hall: Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall seeks a triumphant return to international racing after battling injuries. In this STACK “Day in the Life” video, see what a typical training day is like for Hall. See his pre-run warm-up and watch him crank out sub-5-minute miles. Listen and learn as he describes his new, battle-hardened look on life, which comes from being on the marathon scene for more than six years.