Hayden Smith Before & After
Here are a couple of vintage pictures of Hayden Smith who I mentioned earlier in the week. These shots give you some idea about how his body changed as he made the ten pound transition from a speed/strength/power “fast-twitch” athlete in the middle 1970s to a 2:26 marathoner by the late 1970s. His comments about the pictures are instructive.
Tucson Marathon 1975
“After the race I coached at the regional wrestling tournament for 8 hours. Now I need a nap after a 5 miler.”
Eugene Marathon 1979
“Little did I know Stoney (Dennis Stonehocker) had just missed qualifying (for the Olympic Trials) that day. Blair (Johnson) was 2:16 or 2:17, Tom (Rotkis) was 2:23. I spent the final 100 looking at the clock ticking in the 2:20’s. Finally under 2:30:00! I didn’t bother to kick (like the day we raced to the finish in the parking lot in Tucson).”
Denis Stonehocker and Tom Rotkis were part of our group of “sub-elite” marathoners in Tucson from that era.
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