“Russell, you’ll never be more than a ‘shot put catcher’…”
That was the advice from my 7th grade track & field coach. I don’t think I ever had a teacher/coach impart such blunt worldly wisdom on me than Mr. Aden.
Russell Wenz at Confessions of a Shot Put Catcher.
Hungry vultures circled overhead, wide black wings casting menacing shadows under the blazing sun. In my exhaustion-induced delirium, their gaze seemed to follow me too closely as I neared the end of my very first “long run.” I looked forward to collapsing in the cool grass, but changed my mind and found a picnic table instead. Didn’t want those vultures to get any ideas.
Don Ledford at Run Faster, Run Farther