It Never Gets Any Easier

Jason Ordway, of Bellbrook, Ohio, won  the men's division of the 2010 Nationwide Better Health Marathon in 2:18:08, qualifying for U.S. Olympic time trials.“Some think elite athletes have an easy time of it. [Nothing could be further from the truth.  And as athletes improve — getting faster and beating their own records — ] “it never gets any easier. You hurt just as much…Knowing how to accept that allows people to improve their performance.”

~ Dr. Jeroen Swart, from “How to Push Past the Pain, as the Champions Do,” by Gina Kolata, New York Times, Oct. 18, 2010