Welcome to all new readers! This is a blog on the mental side of running. My hope is to help every runner develop the mindset of a champion. To that end, I write original material, cover recent running news, and highlight interviews and commentary from elite athletes that provides insight into how they think about their training.
You won't find any training programs here. Not for your body, at least! I believe, like Sebastian Coe, that the most important nine-inches to train is right above your neck. So I hope you can find some useful tips to incorporate into your training from this blog!
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If you're new, here are some quick links to some of my more popular posts:
Optimal Training Principles
Attitude, Effort, and Training Methods , Part 2
Ability is a Variable, Not a Constant, Part 2
Greatness is Elemental (6 part series): Oxygen, Water, Food, Shelter, Discipline (in progress!)
Training Starts with Taking Responsibility
Faith and Self-Efficacy in distance running
The Relative Benefits of Undertraining
Risk and Performance Rewards
Finding your Limits
Goals, Benchmarks, and Expectations
Why are Kenyan Gardeners so fast? (and other semi-answerable questions)
Dick Cavett, Bobby Fischer, and the making of a champion (my most popular!)
There are hundreds more posts, as well, often with links to great articles, interviews, and distance running coverage you won't want to miss.
And for those of you who are interested in learning more about great runners, you can check out my Squidoo lenses on Ryan Hall, Alan Webb, Dathan Ritzenhein, Meb Keflezighi, Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Hicham El Guerrouj, Steve Prefontaine, Emil Zatopek, Oscar Pistorius and The Best Olympic Distance Performers Ever (with more to come, I'm sure)!