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Alexi Pappas Gives Beautiful Insight Into A Competitive Runner’s Spirit

Sorry, I Missed Your Race Due to Rain  


A clover flower

is lovely alone,

but wallflower in a field.


There, a slow mover

might hover low

and notice.


But he may miss

altogether the clover

whose mustered all

oomph to sprout

that fourth petal.


Then the lawn mower might

eat them all up—

a shame. The whole

show for nothing—


as a race,

requires a world of effort,

but may or may not

be missed.

More poems from Alexi:

A Post-Rio Poem About New Beginnings

A Poem About Never Remembering Your First Run

Alexi Pappas

Alexi Pappas

Alexi Pappas is an avid tweeter and her thoughts can be found @alexipappas. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College before running off to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene. Alexi then joined the Ducks as a University of Oregon fifth-year student, helping lead the team to two NCAA championships in 2012 and 2013. She currently runs professionally for the Nike Oregon Track Club Elite with her eyes on 2016. She is also proudly fueled by: EnduroPacks, Wild Friends Nut Butters, BeetBoost, Long's Meat Market, Newman's Fish Company, Great Harvest Bread (Eugene), Cafe Mam Coffee, Runa, and the OG Corner Market. Alexi is also a writer, filmmaker, and actress. She co-wrote the script for the award-winning feature film Tall as the Baobab Tree, and is currently in post-production on her second film, Tracktown. Alexi also writes a monthly column for TrackTown USA about her training and life as a professional runner. She is also sponsored by The Mammoth Lakes Crib.