When to give up?

I have cracked a shin. I need to rest it. To pull out of next month’s half-marathon, sit, and become a little fat, calm, restful thing while my body heals.

That would be sensible.

But then…

I was two years old when US athlete Dave Wottle won the men’s 800m Olympic final in an astonishingly unlikely-looking win

would you look at this man? —

after being off with two injured knees during the summer. He lagged so far behind that the commentators thought he was injured, and afterwards he was so surprised, he forgot to take off his hat.

 

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