On Sunday Krista DuChene raced in the half marathon, a part of the Canadian Half Marathon Championships in Montreal and placed third overall. Only her place was won after she broke her leg and crawled over the finish line. That’s right, injured, broken, determined, crazy – whatever you would like to call it DuChene finish and placed in this race.
Being a mother of three and Olympic qualifying athlete already tells us that DuChene can tackle quite a bit of pain – and she won’t stop here. From an interview with Toronto Star Sports Reporter, Kerry Gillespie, DuChene puts forth all of her optimism and determination when she thinks about her recovery and training,
“I’ve certainly had my tears, it’s emotional and the pain is excruciating but I will always see the glass as half full,” she said. “The Rio Olympics is still my goal. I’m definitely going to be running again.”
DuChene has displayed the strength and determination that is necessary to any runner competing in a road race. However, this could be a runner’s mentality, we will endure almost anything to finish a race. Whether it’s blisters, chaffed skin, heat, cold, rain, broken limbs. Thus building a strong, seasoned runner, right?
What are your thoughts on pain endurance in running? Could you crawl across the finish line? Could you run on a broken leg? It’s amazing what runners/athletes will do to accomplish a goal or challenge.