Jared Ward looks like your average BYU Stats Professor, little did you know he is an Olympian, and one of Americas top runners today.
Ward, a former BYU track and field athlete, Olympian, and current BYU Stats Professor, who finished the NYC Marathon with the fastest time for an American (2 hours 12 minutes and 24 second) and placed 6th overall over the weekend. But, he almost didn’t even make the race.
Sports Illustrated covered the story with an article about Ward challenges to get to this point today.
In the article it reads:
“With about six weeks left before Sunday’s 2018 New York City Marathon, the pain in Ward’s legs was almost too much to bear. The 2016 U.S. Olympian had recently pulled his hamstring, and after being forced to drop out of a half marathon in the Czech Republic in September, Ward felt that he wasn’t ready to compete in the big race.”
Despite those issues, and calling and telling the New York Road Runners professional athlete consultant he didn’t know if he could compete, the Olympian accomplished something amazing.
According to the article:
“On Sunday, Ward became one of those runners, finishing sixth overall as the first American to cross the line with a time of 2:12:24. Ward averaged 5:03 through the 26.2 miles and led a competitive group of Americans for most of the race.”
With this accomplishment he looks back at the recent Olympics he attended.
“Last year, after the Olympics, I started to ask myself if it was worth it, going through all of this pain and training,” Ward said. “What I realized was that what meant most to me after my performances was what I learned from it and how I feel about myself and how I feel about how I pushed through it. That was the win today, feeling like I really pushed through those last miles and came out tough, like I’ve won the battle against myself.”
You can read the full Sports Illustrated article here.