Learning From the Greats — Emil Zatopek

“If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.” 

— Emil Zatopek 

I have never been the biggest fan of Emil Zatopek…mainly because I don’t know a lot about him. He’s a runner from the generation before where my running intelligence started; most of my education starts with Lydiard in 1960 and carries on forward.

But the stories I’ve heard about Emil have intrigued me. He was such a tiny man, with such strength, and the stories of his ability to run past pain…Well, it convinced me to buy his biography, “Today, we die a little!”

Maybe I’ll have more to share about this legend after finishing his biography.


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