That’s where almost every single body falls. Somewhere close to the median.
Older, battle beaten veterans slowly slip to the left though the skew is oft rewarded for durability. Others populate our end of the spectrum. Penguins chief among them. But many others for many reasons.
But most of us are middling.
Farther up the right of the scale is vigor and the ability to heal quickly and recover with a nap and consume your high fructose corn syrups and stay up late and cavort and gallivant and over race and every other privilege of youth.
Youth has its middle too though. Its the ones that are knowledgeable about and dedicated to doing the necessary extras, the others, the little things that when all put together make the big positive difference in the subset.
Also on the plus side are the blessed, the life long athletes. Tough, gnarled, sinewy, bony most likely, ectomorphs. Enough life time miles for the work to have been done. And the Christians and Garcias and Woods and Ivanovs and McGowns, that they still occasionally fly, should be an inspiration to us all.
We’ve got some talent training up for the Lincoln Half. The way of the sport, it will be the youngsters that make the biggest splash. I guess I’d have to say that I expect the fastest, deepest combined group of Nebraskans in the race’s history. With all the clubs, hopefully sending their best and most fit, it should be a barnburner. And if we can get some density of talent at every level, well the cream rises, at every level. Team based training and competition, breaking through the middle.
We’ve got a couple of the life long athletes that will be running in our kit. Ron Olsen will be running the full, the only person to have run every single Lincoln Marathon. And Roxi Erickson, 11 time Lincoln Marathon winner. Roxi, supplicating to new ministrations, at 52 will be going for sub 3 and the masters title.
Get out there and boost your stock. Raise your bar. Keep scooting to the right on the health/wellness continuum. The middle, its mighty crowded..