I believe that there is something special about long distance running which slowly molds the individual into a much stronger, confident and better human. There is no other high school sport where the athlete is left alone to face their doubts, thoughts of weakness, and extended pain while telling those things that “They won’t defeat me.” My goal is to create both physically and mentally strong young people though the disciplines of becoming a stronger runner. There is no “ secret” to success. If you are willing to put in the miles,
listen to the advice from your knowledgeable coaching staff, and do the “Small Things” success will follow.
I believe in the value of every athlete on the team. The slowest runner might be the hardest worker, and then they work hard and improve it is infectious to other members of the team. We work hard together, all athletes completing the same course on the same day, going through the same struggles makes a strong family.
Things that will help you get better when you are not running:
1 – Consistent sleep- 9 hrs is best for teens
2 – Good eating habits- lots of fruits/veggies, and high iron foods like red meat and spinach.
3 – Hydrating your body- everyone should have a water bottle
4 – Positive thinking- practice the art of telling your weaker self “NO”
5 – Seeking out knowledge about the sport