An 8 mile run and how I really feel about Mary Decker Slaney

This morning Fiona and I ran the Upper Tampa Bay Trail. I ran 8 miles, Fiona ran a bit more but I walked a bit because I didn’t want to stress my knee.

running with knee pain

I was a good girl, I played it safe and I wore my knee brace just for good measure and I had no problems.

The Upper Tampa Bay Trail is a great place to train for a marathon. You can get quite a few miles on it if you run the entire thing and loop back. We only ran a small portion of it so I’m excited to see what the rest of it looks like as the weeks go by and we run it more often.

Upper Tampa Bay Trail

The Upper Tampa Bay Trail

One of the nicest things about this trail is the ice cold water boxes. I didn’t bring my hydration belt because I knew they were located in several locations along the trail but we missed the first one and by mile 4 I was seriously in need of water and had to stop and drink, for like 5 or 6 minutes. I will not be making that mistake again! But other than that it was a great morning.

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Did anyone catch the ESPN movie “Runner” last night? It was a documentary about Mary Decker Slaney. I had heard about it several weeks ago and was really looking forward to watching it and although I wasn’t disappointed, I really wished it had changed my opinion of her.

Don’t get me wrong, Mary Decker Slaney is an awesome runner, probably one of the best ever and I would never even try to understand what it must feel like to suffer some of the disappointments that she has had to endure. That being said, I have seen quite a few of her interviews over the years, before and after the 84 Olympic Games and it’s my opinion that she has not always exhibited sportsmanlike conduct and I’m not talking about the fact that she cried after she fell in the 84 Olympics. I would have probably cried too, in fact, I’m certain I would have. What I’m talking about is how rude she was right after the incident and for many years after. In fact, I think she was rude even before the 84 Olympics.

I get that she’s an elite athlete and has trained her whole life and has had some major upsets that were no fault of her own, I do get that, but what I don’t get is her attitude and her smugness.

I’m all for being self-assured and competitive but I personally don’t feel like that’s the place she’s coming from. I have also watched interviews with Deena Kastor, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Paula Radcliff and many others, (including Zola Budd), and what I got from those ladies was mostly inspiration.

I wanted to get that from Mary Decker too, because I think she is one of the strongest runners I have ever seen and has had to endure so many injuries and heartbreak, but I didn’t get inspiration from her, what I got was just a good story.

Did you watch ‘Runner’ and did you like it? What do you think of Mary Decker Slaney?