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When I was a boy in high school I used to be on the track team. And our coach had the sadistic practice of allowing anybody to challenge anybody else for their position on the team. Every Wednesday was Challenge Day . So all you had to do was tell the coach that you wanted to challenge somebody for their place in their event and he’d set up a race for you.
I believe I was a junior and there was this boy, who was a senior, who challenged me for my position running the 880 – the 800 meter. So there we were at the starting line and I remember that I was running barefooted. A lot of us did back then – not in events, but just for practice. He blew his whistle and we took off. I remember feeling excruciating pain in the ball of my right foot on the first step off the line. And then I didn’t feel anything. My strategy in this race was to kind of get in behind him…. He was bigger than I was. He was more mature than I was. He had a better stride than I had. I was just going to try to ride in behind him. You know how Dale does in the Nascar races? He just gets in right behind them? That’s what my plan was – although we didn’t know about Dale back then…. But I was just going to ride him all the way around and then coming off the last curse, I was just going to sling-shot by him and just bust it for the finish line. And that’s pretty much what I did. I was just riding right in behind him. When we came along the last curve I swung out and it was just tightly focused on the finish line. You’re not thinking about anything else. You’re just trying to hold form and get there quicker than the other guy. The first step over the finish line I felt excruciating pain in my right foot again. And I hobbled to a stop, looked at my foot and I had a blood blister about the size of a fifty-cent piece right on the ball of my foot. I think I must have stepped on a rock the first step out off the line.