In all of Arianne Brown’s experience running, it wasn’t until her son’s recent interest in track and field that she ran her first 1500-meter race.
In recent months, my 10-year-old son Ace has started a fun adventure in track and field, finding that he quite likes the 1,500 meter run.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely ecstatic about this new endeavor because I was around his age when I began competing in track. And, as opposed to my other children who play soccer and perform onstage (things I don’t do), I finally feel like I have something to contribute to by way of a little knowledge and expertise.
For nearly 25 years, I have raced in events in distances ranging from 100 meters to the 50 miles. I know what it is to grit your teeth in the few seconds it takes to run the 100 and 200 meters, all while pushing every single muscle in your body to its absolute limit. I have felt the complete loss of muscle function in my legs in the final straightaway of the 400 and 800 meters. I understand the mental challenges that come with finding the balance between pacing and pushing it during a 5K, 10K and even half-marathon and marathon distances. Finally, I have experienced what it’s like to lose your mind completely in an ultra-distance race all while trying to fuel your body with food and mental energy to keep yourself going.
However, in all my years…