There's a rhythm that I know, and my heart starts beating slow Then my legs drive up to clear them and my knees drive up to meet them.
The one lap hurdler starts as a good 400m flat runner who is supple, has a good sense of rhythm as well as hurdling skill. Speed and strength alone are not enough. Negotiating 10 hurdles (0.914m high for men, 0.762m for women) in the harsh domain of the 400m demands smooth hurdling and control of stride patterns between hurdles. For the 400m hurdler, drilled rhythms and inspiration compete to govern running form. Like an explorer in unmapped territory, the 400m hurdler needs both mental and physical strength.