For the novice runner, I'd say to give yourself at least 2 months of consistently running several times a week at a conversational pace before deciding whether you want to stick with it. Consistency is the most important aspect of training at this point.
A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over, even in victory, to see what might be done to improve the performance the next time.
Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focusing on running fast and relaxed. Eventually it passes and the flow returns. It's part of racing.
Because running fast is more fun than running slow.
I admire runners older than I - they are now my heroes. I want to be like them as I grow older.
Again, racing for me was about energy management.
You don't run 26 miles at five minutes a mile on good looks and a secret recipe.
In other words we have marketed our way into this health crisis.
I also held several masters running titles.
The weather is perfect. The gods are shining on us.
To put it another way, Michael Jordan was a gym rat.
The irony of that is, what makes it kind of ironic, is when you do become successful as a professional athlete in particular, a lot of the young children who are emulating these stars do have a different perspective.
It is not the time spent with the child at their activity that is going to produce the highest level athlete. It is in supporting the child in an organized activity - and Bill alluded to this - so the child can find what they truly like to do and let them go.
The potential elite runner must realize that hard means hard, easy means easy and they must patiently seek out what combinations work for them. They have to learn to be persistent and patient with their training and racing.
Hills are speedwork in disguise.
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