Sometimes people capture the essence of an idea so perfectly, I know I'll never think about nor explain something the same way. This morning, Seth Godin gave us the best definition of "persistence" I've probably ever read, as only he could. He writes:
"Persistence isn't using the same tactics over and over. That's just annoying.
Persistence is having the same goal over and over."
As usual, I couldn't agree more. So what does this mean for distance running?
I've argued before that the single most important element of greatness is the ability (the need?) to get out the door every morning and pursue your goal. It is not the specific workouts you are doing! Those are tactics. They can (and must) change over time to best adapt to your present level of ability.
But the goal--to realize your potential and be the best (in that order)--need not ever change. In that you must persist.