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What happened when our sports columnist tried to learn how to be a hurdler?

Ready for Round 2 of my attempt to learn how to do sports things

After kicking off my new series with a visit to Alter for volleyball, I accepted an invitation to go to Central State to learn about hurdling from coach James Rollins and two-time national champion Juan Scott of Dunbar High School

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What did I learn? You can check it out in the video above, but to paraphrase a popular song from a few years ago, ‘Hurdlin’ ain’t easy!” 

I assume once you have done it a few thousand times, you stop worrying about falling over the hurdle and breaking multiple limbs.

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I didn’t get that many reps in, but I did have a good time learning  what to do. 

I’m not sure how many 90-minute crash courses in hurdling Rollins has done, but I was impressed with the one he put together for me. 

I felt like I really understood everything he was teaching, from popping my forehead with my lead fist to “knocking the bee off” my trail leg. 

 

We went through the whole pre-practice/pre-meet stretching routine with him explaining why we did each stretch and warmup. 

He showed a lot of patience as I overthought various steps of the process, too. 

It was pretty much exactly what I was hoping for when I thought up this line of stories: Learn how to do it then embarrass myself trying to put those lessons into practice. 

OK, this wasn’t too embarrassing: Like I said, I wasn’t injured. But we did cop out a little by going to only a partial hurdle. 

That was the coach’s idea, and I didn’t complain. 

It all made sense as we were going over it.. it’s just tough to simulate really doing it. 

There’s no half speed in hurdles, you know? 

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You’re either doing it or you’re not because a lot of different parts have to come together to go over a hurdle while running, and if anything doesn’t go right, you are probably going to end up with a face full of track. 

I like my friends who work for the Xenia Township emergency squad, but I would rather see them in a more casual setting. 

I ended up none the worse for wear. I got some sun and came home with some sore PCLs in my knees, but otherwise I felt pretty good the next day. 

While the highlights of my trip to Greene County can be found above, a more extended version is available on Facebook. 

What do you think? 

What should I do next? 

I’m always taking suggestions at marcus.hartman@coxinc.com

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