Today We Die a Little

The Rise and Fall of Emil Zátopek, Olympic Legend

“If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”
Emil Zatopek — Image Source Google Books

I don’t know if it happens to you as well, but every time I run long enough, think about 28K into a marathon, my internal wall breaks down. It starts with a small hole where a simple feeling filters through and it suddenly became like a powerful river of emotions that I can’t stop. Society sometimes tells you that you should feel in a certain way, to keep emotions under control, but when I’m there, on the road, too tired to even care, I just let it go and it’s beautiful. It’s bee a while that I noticed that I can go back there on that road, where the emotions are on the surface through reading. “Today We Die a Little” works very well that way, it is one of those books that can inspire you, make you cry and make you laugh. Reading about Emil Zátopek is a fantastic journey into not only the history of running, but in the political situation of the last century. It’s a book about sport and the Olympics, about war and peace, it’s a spy and a love story and a ode to friendship. When I got the book in my hands, I thought it could make me a better runner, but Emil life was so fascinating and inspiring that goes beyond what type of activity we enjoy, but goes deep into the type of men that we want to be.