It's strange to think that running 18 miles per day would give someone pleasure.
But with elite runners such as Kingsland High School and St. John's University (Collegeville) graduate Chris Erichsen, there is definitely pleasure there. Even more than that, though, is a massive desire by him to find out just how good he can be as a marathoner.
Erichsen has spent the last two years pushing himself to crazy lengths in order to answer that question. Saturday morning, he'll inch closer to some answers when he runs in the Olympic Trials marathon in Houston.
But with Erichsen, this is truly a marathon and not a sprint. He's already looking way ahead in his quest to discover just what he's got as a runner. Erichsen figures he won't be at his marathon peak until the 2016 Olympics, or maybe even as late as the 2020 Games.
As a former track athlete who always enjoyed basketball and tennis much more, it makes me weak just thinking about the work that lies ahead for Erichsen.
But even more than that is the loads of admiration I feel for the guy. Erichsen's inner strength and discipline is something to behold.
— Pat Ruff