Hello everyone, and welcome to Optimal Training!
This blog is primarily directed at high school, college, and post-collegiate competitive distance runners, particularly those who are seeking to gain an edge on their competition and push themselves to their limits. The demands of competitive running are very different from those of jogging for fitness or training to "finish a marathon." For the marathon trainer, the finish line is the goal. For the fitness jogger, the finish line isn't even part of the run. But for the competitive distance runner, the finish line is priority #1. You have to get there, and you have to do it faster than other people.
But first things first. This is not just a running blog. It's not really even just a training blog. This is a blog about what it takes to be excellent at something. When I talk about Optimal Training, I am referring primarily to the mindset we must create in order to be our best at a specific point of time, be that in a race or in an interview, on the job or at home with your kids. Distance running is simply the hobby through which I most avidly and thoroughly apply Optimal Training to my own life. So while I talk about excellence through the "lens" of competitive running, please know that I very much believe what we discuss here can apply to every aspect of our lives.
How do we go about being our best? This is the question that interests me. And this site is my attempt to dive deeper into what it is that separates high achievement from low, continuous improvement from none, and ultimately, great runners from good.
I certainly have my ideas, and they will no doubt make up the bulk of the posts. However, I very much want this to be a conversation. Part of my initiating this conversation is to learn from you. So welcome to the site, please don't be shy, and let's get better together.