Even though she grew up playing football, shooting hoops and running races against all the boys in her neighborhood, U.S. 800-meter champion Alysia Montano never wanted to be thought of as one of them.
As a result, she started wearing a flower behind her right ear to remind the boys they were getting beat by a girl.
“The flower to me means strength with femininity. I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong.”
Question everything, like
Shaving your legs and
Running that marathon.
Go for a long walk the
Morning after, and
count all of the Robins.
And when the sea mist rolls in,
yes, you will cry, and
Think on oblivion.
For each time you will be
a bit braver, and
a bit less hesitant.
Replace your running shoes every 450 miles,
When the rubber begins to break down
and the heel cushion disintegrates,
Stitches pull apart and laces fray.
For me, every six months.
For me, no difference between
Sole and Soul.
But how does one measure the mileage of a heartbeat?
The difference between sadness
and disintegration. Dis-integration,
I pull away from all touch,
and begin to doubt
my own empirical evidence.
Unfinished and unsatisfied but it is wayyy after midnight so yeah, that’s all ya gettin.