Meeting Bill Rodgers

Bill Rodgers I often go through life wishing I studied history more. When it comes to running, I know certain names out there, but if quizzed on the streets, I would be embarrassed at what I don't know.

I do know, though, who Bill Rodgers is. And it's not because of his Boston Marathon experience. He's also a multiple winner of the Virginia Ten Miler in Lynchburg, Va.

For most, that's no big deal. For me, that race has a special place in my running history -- the 4 miler that is part of the event was my first race in 2004, and in 2006 the Ten Miler was my first race distance of double digits.

On Friday at the Baltimore Marathon expo, Bill Rodgers was there signing autographs. Since I went at a pretty down time of the expo, I got to talk to him for a few minutes. When I told him I was from the Lynchburg area I could see his eyes light up, and he immediately talked about how tough the 10-mile course is. He also said he was considering returning to the race for its 40th anniversary in a couple of years.

As we wrapped up the conversation, he gave me some simple advice: wear good shoes and always run/race a variety of distances to stay injury free. Sounds good enough to me.