You my friend love to run more than anyone I know You run so fast your body has to catch up and when it can't it slows you down pulling a hamstring Then the other And then your left one again
You had bruises for months trailing up and down your legs-your battle wounds
Weeks upon weeks of stretching Icing massaging caring bracing eating Trying so hard to sooth the pain So bad it hurt to sit Slowly but surely your legs came back A tedious process of long nights and good mornings
One day you were new again In the sweltering heat you taught your legs what it felt like to run And they loved it The months flew by chasing you down You were unstoppable getting first and second a states in the winter
Things were looking up and you started to get anxious about college who would choose you? But in the end, you chose them You are an official member of OSU Proud to be a buckeye
Outdoor season started and you are oh so careful Spending an hour every day before practice to warm up slowly to not repeat last year's trial Hours spent after practice to ice and stretch hoping that this horrendous day would ever come again
Today I watched you I was sprinting on the field while you were meticulously counting and calculating your speed and steps by doing drills Our brothers strides by-racing each other in the 600 You strode along their side-beating them all when you started to limp
Your eyes turned glossy Your face crumpled in despair I to you asking if you were ok
You looked at me like a deer in headlights To scared to tell me-hoping that the devil couldn't possibly come back to haunt you Your eyes told me everything Two pops and a pull
Bad Very bad But it's your right leg- your good leg Impossible
The emotions hit you like you were on a bumpy roller coaster Frustration Angst Anger Sadness Frustration Anger What did you do wrong? What variables didn't add up? Why you? Why?
I wanted so badly to comfort you To hug you But it would put you in so much pain Who knew that a hug could do so much harm? I helped you to the trainer Every step was another test and another reminder
Why can something you love so much it hurts you? Why should someone so good feel the pain of a pulled muscle? Why?