Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A noteworthy Canadian athlete



Tonight I had the opportunity to hear Rick Ball speak at our local Running Room store. Rick Ball broke the marathon world record for a single leg amputee in Boston this year with a 3:01:50. One month later, he went on to break the 10K world record in Ottawa with 37:55.

Rick has only been running for two years and completed his very first marathon one year ago in 3:17.

He has been invited to the Canadian Paralympics Training Camp and will run for Canada at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

He has an incredible story. To learn more, visit his Facebook page.

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Knowing that I would be seeing Rick speak tonight [followed by dinner and drinks with some running friends], I had to run my 12K at some point during the day. I decided to break it up into two parts and ran 4K this morning at 6AM and another 8K over lunch. Doubles can be fun!

26 comments:

Boris T. said...

Rick is a great story, I wish him luck in the future.

Also double workouts are one way of adding volume to your training without overdoing it all at once. I usually do it with different types of activity, i.e weights, swimming, biking, running.

ShutUpandRun said...

Wow, totally amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Amazing story, and what a great opportunity to hear him speak! Well done fitting in the run! :)

unathleticrunner said...

Awesome! And what an inspiration :)

Jen and Rob said...

Very inspirational and motivating! Thanks for sharing!

X-Country2 said...

Stories like that are so inspiring! thanks for sharing.

EndorphinBuzz said...

That's so cool. I hope he does well at the paralympic (while enjoying his experience of course!)

happygoluckyalex said...

that is incredible that you got to hear from him. what an amazing person.

happygoluckyalex said...

that is incredible that you got to hear from him. what an amazing person.

happygoluckyalex said...

that is incredible that you got to hear from him. what an amazing person.

J said...

That must have been awesome to hear him speak! great job with the doubles! i still want to try that!

trialsoftraining said...

How cool, to meet a runner that has come so far in a short time!

Doubles are great right?! Why can't we just split the longer races up into two runs? haha

joyRuN said...

Inspiring!

Two-fers are an awesome way to fit it all in :)

D10 said...

Thanks for sharing. What a great story. He is super fast!

Mark said...

An amazing runner! Inspiring! Wish I could of heard him speak.

Jess said...

How awesome that you got to meet him and hear him speak!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

How inspirational!!

lindsay said...

he's definitely an inspiration! a 3:17 on his first shot is incredible enough alone! how cool that you go to meet him!!

Heather said...

Lucky you to meet Rick and hear his story!

Lacey Nicole said...

i saw him there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marci said...

I love inspirational stories, and this is no exception. Thanks for sharing!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Thank you for sharing...so inspiring. I need to jump on the doubles bandwagon, seems everyone is doing them lately.

Julia said...

I've never run twice in a day before... I'm worried my legs will feel like lead if I do!
What a great story about Rick; very inspiring. He's so fast!

Christy said...

AMAZING! I will read up on him a little more on facebook!

Nitmos said...

I see this guy and I can only think: What's my excuse? None. Get back up and go again.

Denise said...

Wow, if that's not an inspiration, I don't know what is.