TWAS a time when milers were English if they weren't American or Aussie, and four minutes was their goal.
In the Goodwill Games mile in St. Petersburg, Tuesday, an Algerian came in first, a Somali second, an American third, a Russian fourth, an Irishman fifth, a Kenyan sixth, another Yank seventh, another Kenyan eighth, a third American ninth and a Belarussian tenth. They all did under 3:58. The winner beat 3:49. Four minutes is for mudders.
ATHLETES can be good sources of folk wisdom. One of the more memorable set of rules for staying young came from Satchel Paige, the great pitcher of the Negro Leagues who, many say, may have been the greatest baseball pitcher of all time.
Here are his six rules for healthy living:
1. Avoid fried meats, which angry up the blood.
2. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
3. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
4. Go very lightly on the vices, such as carrying on in society.
5. Avoid running at all times.
6. Don't look back. Something may be gaining on you.