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One Shoe, No Problems

http://harvardmagazine.com/2019/03/one-shoe-no-problems
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Mar 14, 2019 9:36 AM 1+ week ago

By the time Kieran Tuntivate '20 gets on the line for a race, he's already run it countless times in his head. During warm-ups, throughout practice, at night before the meet, he's imagining how much it's going to hurt: his form stiffening, his legs overloaded with lactic acid that won't go away. He thinks about how fast the pace might be and which runner will challenge for the lead and when.

About two laps into the Ivy League Indoor Track and Field Championships 3,000-meter final, at Harvard's Gordon track, on February 23, Tuntivate's left shoe popped off. In the scenarios he had rehearsed, this one had not come up.

It wasn't a shoe-tying problem. Some 300 meters into the race, a runner from Columbia stepped on the back heel of his left shoe, pulling it under his foot like a slipper. For 100 meters his options--none ideal--raced through his head. His first thought was to slip the shoe on while running, but the ...

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