His spiritual growth, he said, has freed him from caution and a dependence on results for his happiness.
"It's going to take a special day," Hall said of his gold medal chances. "But I feel like I went for it,regardless of how the race goes. I'll always look back on this as a season of joy. Sometimes it works out,and sometimes it doesn't. That's part of the fun of life, taking some chances.
After finishing second at the 2011 United States half-marathon championships, Hall went to drug testing, a standard procedure. Asked on a form to list his coach, he wrote: God.
You have to list the name of a real person, a doping official said.
“He is a real person,” Hall responded.
God also sounds like He did a pretty crap job coaching Hall considering the injuries Hall's experienced. A human coach might have had more specific advice to offer.
Within seconds of each other, U.S. marathoners Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman were out of the Olympic race.
First, Hall dropped out around the 11-mile mark with a tight right hamstring. Then, Abdirahman called it a day because of an aching right knee.
‘‘I felt like I was favoring my stride and didn’t want to get injured,’’ said Hall, who lives in Flagstaff, Ariz. via
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