Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Born to Run: One minute with the new track queen Allyson Felix

Sometimes it all starts with a taunt. You know, the kind of teasing that motivates you. Allyson Felix heard it all. "Chicken legs," they laughed at her scrawny 5'6" frame.

But her lithe 125-pound body can dead-lift 360 pounds and power clean another 150. Tiny dynamite Allyson is because she has won four golds and a silver in track competition.

Why do you run?
Allyson: I run to challenge myself and to push my body to do things I didn't think I could do. I also run to stay active and be healthy.

How often do you run?
Alyson: I run for five days a week. I do sprints and long runs.

Where do you usually run or train?
Allyson: If I'm running for fun then I run along the beach in Santa Monica.

What do you usually have in mind when you go running?
Allyson: While training, I already set my goals including what I want to accomplish. I think about all the work I have to put in and how to go about them. It's all about focus. And when I get through all that hard work that once seemed impossible to accomplish it leaves me with such a great feeling.

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