Larry Bird Explains How His Commitment To Running Benefitted His…

Larry Bird Explains How His Commitment To Running Benefitted His…

The 58-year-old Boston Celtics legend is still a runner at heart and currently serves as president of the Indiana Pacers. Here, he shares his enduring love of the game and the special method he uses to run four times a week.

Playing, I always ran. prior to games. following a game. Not important. I simply felt that I had to maintain my best health. I used to run up on the second level of the Boston Garden, at least a mile or two. It was enjoyable to me.

Whatever the case, I felt like I made progress that day if I got in a solid run before practice. Even though we could run for two hours during practice, I still didn’t feel the same as I did after going for a few miles in the outdoors.

There was this big five-miler outside of Boston Garden [the 1985 Shamrock Classic], two days before I scored sixty against Atlanta. I believe I finished it in 32.5 minutes. I was concerned about my hamstrings being so tight against Atlanta, but I was able to loosen them up and felt better, which allowed me to play well and score the ball.

My back no longer allows me to run on the street, but I still use an underwater treadmill. I run at 6.3 mph for 48 minutes, four times a week. For me, it’s a pretty good little run.

We rehearsed roughly two miles from my Boston residence. I used to run between the two locations during training camp in order to get my run in. What it was, I have no idea. Running is one of those things that you just feel you have to do.

In the summer, I wouldn’t draw attention while running in French Lick, Indiana, Bird’s hometown. It’s a small crowd of people. People would honk their horns in Boston. However, I could stop beside a neighboring lake and run around it for several miles without encountering any resistance from onlookers. It wasn’t too horrible, but they would holler.

I used to go for morning runs in French Lick during the off-season. I used to run two miles to the gym, where I would perform situps, weightlifting, 440s, and 220s, among other exercises.

I ran in neighborhood races with Scott Wedman, a player for the Celtics. Together, we would run, but in the final mile or so, we would pick up the pace to see who could cross the finish line first. It was just that Scottie was slightly better.

I cherished competing in Boston races. You are discussing actual runners. They operate every day. They mean business. More than racing against the clock, I just loved being around those people.

If you weren’t playing football when I was younger, you had to run cross-country. I ran cross-country for our basketball coach the year I didn’t play football. I just liked to go out at my own pace and run as far as I wanted; I had no interest in racing. I would go over to the track and run an additional half mile or mile if the race was two and a half miles long.

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