Dear God

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U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials second-place finisher Ryan Hall is the United States's fastest marathon runner, and a religious man. So religious that God is his coach.

According to the New York Times, "Sometimes, God wakes him in the middle of the night and gives him training guidance 'that blows me away'".  

The Times report continues: “I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I know how to talk to God, and I know he wants to give me insight and be involved in the process and he loves it when we’re dependent on him.”

The New Yorker's Peter Hessler wrote a good profile of Hall before the 2008 Olympic Games that included this interesting admission by Hall: “I just have a hard time seeing Christ being competitive.” 

That's probably something Hall should clear up in his post-race debriefing with God.


bnichol said...

God gave Ryan support at each of the Stations of the Cross-Country:
1. Ryan is condemned to run 26 miles and 385 yards
2. Ryan is given his race number
3. Ryan falls the first time, but ties his shoe lace
4. Ryan wants his Mother
5. Meb Keflezighi carries the race
6. Ryan wipes the drool from his face
7. Ryan falls the second time, and snaps his shoe lace
8. Ryan is distracted by the Daughters of Jerusalem in the crowd
9. ...and falls a third time
10. Ryan is stripped of his extra garments
11. Ryan is nailed by Keflezighi's finishing speed
12. Ryan dies in the last half mile
13. Ryan's body is removed from the course
14. Ryan is laid in the recovery tent and covered in shame

Josh said...

I wonder how God feels about incorporating finger flicks into training. Also, did Meb and Abdi switch numbers or does the Times not know its left from right?

Roberto said...

Josh, maybe the Times changed their caption since you commented, but it looks correct now.

Roberto said...

Bruce, Ryan covets his neighbor's finishing medal.

Josh said...

Yeah, they finally caught it, but not before immortalizing it in the print edition. Not too shocked by the mistake, seeing as they gave me an undeserved photo credit a week or so ago. The Old Gray Lady needs glasses...

Roberto said...

"The Old Gray Lady needs glasses ..."

And has done for years. The funny thing in this case is that the runners' names are emblazoned on their chests. No event knowledge required.

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