Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Ooh Rah? Whatevah!

Well, who am I to argue with David or the Urban Dictionary about boo-yah, which apparently has nothing to do with the Marines, who curiously enough prefer "ooh rah." Who knew? (Though, I could swear that they gave out Boo Yah-branded power bars at last year's MCM. In fact, I probably still have the wrapper somewhere.)

Moving on, I decided that I would use these final days before my demise—I mean ascent!—to inspire and motivate all of us at whatever impossible task we have set before us—be that running a marathon, completing IronMan, or coping with a new baby (hi Anthony!).

So tonight, at T minus FOUR days, I give you this:
History was made with the running of the 5000m Final at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. The field was packed with gold medalists and world record holders including Ron Clarke of Australia, Kip Keino of Kenya and Michel Jazy of France. The US was represented by Bill Dellinger and Bob Schul.

On this video clip you will see the final two laps of the race, perhaps the most exciting finish in American distance running history.
Because blogger sucks, you have to click here (7.21MB) to see this amazing vid. It made me cry! Ya just don't hear commentary like that anymore!

(From Running Past.)


Spark Driver said...

I have just popped in from www.lbtepa.blogspot.com to wish you well for your Marathon this Sunday.

I hope it all goes to plan for you.

Wanna-be 5k-er said...
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Bob said...

can I get an amen?! Sweet

Wanna-be 5k-er said...

I'm an Olympics junkie to begin with, I lost the image a lot, so the colorful commentary was great.

GL GL GL GL on your ASCENT to Marathoner status! I have enjoyed your chronicle of your training. Can't WAIT to read your RR!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Great video. Thanks for sharing. Good luck on your race. You are going to be awesome.

David said...

Jeanne is coming up on the outside. It's Jeanne pulling ahead of everybody. It's Jeanne winning the Marine Corps Marathon, the first winner in RBF history!!!! and I believe, yes. David finished 3rd.!

Hoo-ah (Go Army)

Firefly's Running said...

You will ROCK at MCM. Good luck!!

Dori said...

That was a great video! But oh, the bad old days. I don't think the remark about the "boy from Kenya" was referring to his youthful age. The Kenyans are getting the last laugh.

I'm leaving for Calif on Friday to run the 1/2M on Sunday. Good luck and I'll be thinking of you, sending good vibes your way. The way you're training runs are going, you're going to do great! You're ready. I can't wait to read all about it.

Waterfall said...

I wrote a very deep and profound post on booyah a while back, when my cousin Veronica kept saying it. http://asortofnotebook.blogspot.com/2004/10/booyah-is-coming-up-fast.html

brent said...

its getting closer...how exciting!!! remember to have a good tiem out there!

21st Century Mom said...

OMG! When your legs feel tired just think of that video and go, go, go!

You are so ready for this event. You might not be able to tell but I can.

Thanks for sharing that clip - very inspirational.

Running Chick said...

that clip was amazing.


and remember the words of running chick: smooth and strong, all the way to the finish line.

a.maria said...

LOL. i just got some weird looks from my officemates as i yelled "gooo gooo gooo" at my computer screen! jeez. i'm so classy.

great clip, thanks for the share.

and WOMAN!!!! you are so ready for this! your legs are strong, you're healthy and you've been coming into crazy speed lately which will TOTALLY translate to....

A MARATHON PR!!! huzzah. or.. hooah. or even ooorah.

whatever. BOOYAH!!! all the way. you're gunna be awesome!

LBTEPA said...

I can't be your bff tho bc I'm scared of 21CMom. We'll have to share :)