What does it take to realize your dreams as a runner? In this episode of the A to Z Running Podcast, Zach and Andi talk about the rules to realizing your dreams.
MAIN TOPIC: THE RULES FOR REALIZING YOUR DREAMS
The Rules for Realizing Your Dreams…
3 Things to Be
- Lots of comments on this in interviews…
- Progress takes time, both in long-term view and immediate
- Andi: Patience can play itself out, for instance, in not trying to level up too quickly (injury risk).
- Lots of comments on this in interviews as well…
- Little else matters if we can’t make the good things a regular habit
- Andi: Scientifically, building fitness overtime is what gives you the best gains. If you can continue with healthy cycles, that is ideal.
- This has to be one of the priorities before the other things to follow
- Balance is the key to long-term success (and if patience and consistency are clearly long-term characteristics…)
- Andi: If running holds a healthy place in your life, then you are able to continue good training for longer.
3 Things to Get
- Another thing nearly everyone we talk to indicates at some point: other people matter in our pursuits…
- What kinds of help make a difference? Look at the rest of the rules for some guidance there…
- Good help is help that supports the other good things
- Andi: Think in categories
- Family support
- Too many people have dreams with no real idea of what it might look like to realize that dream
- Interesting findings along the idea of thinking positive thoughts… doesn’t work!
- Need more than positive thoughts. Need to know where you’re trying to get and what it takes to get there.
- Andi: Along the lines of what Zach said, we have to have a clear plan. We don’t throw a bunch of bricks together and expect it to become a house. We need a blueprint and planning to make great things.
- Once there’s some clarity of vision, it tends to become obvious what we know or don’t know
- Fill the knowledge gaps as they rise
- leverage help
3 Things to Quit
- The kind of stuff that makes me feel better but not necessarily GET better…
- Examples: Wearing race shoes in workouts, dropping weight (causes injury and burnout),
- Don’t like waking up early, so maybe I’ll run a little shorter in the afternoon
- Really enjoying that show and maybe getting an hour less of sleep
- Andi: We do realize that life and relationships demand a give and take. We have to have a “balanced” life as mentioned earlier. Some things that may seem like compromise may be the healthiest choice… like sleeping rather than getting up early… but if it could be avoided like watching a show, cut that out.
- Some tend to be too realistic (what’s the use? Is it even possible?)
- Others tend to be too fantastical
- Needs to be dreams informed by understanding (see the get knowledge piece)
- Andi: I’ve discussed quite often about having goals that are more within our control, like how we feel, our consistency, feeling strong… ect. Those types of goals help us move from doubt to better security since they are not a number on the clock.
WORLD OF RUNNING
World of Running
Bill won 5k on Saturday, Kristi half marathon, Chadd ran 6hr race, Martha ran a 5k
Many ran in Independence Day races last week:
- Madeline (3rd AG)
- Bill (won that too!)
- Kelli (2nd AG)
#1. SUNSET TOUR
- Women’s Full Mile
- Taryn Rawlings, achieved the fastest women’s outdoor mile in the world this year by clocking a personal-best 4:24.95 seconds, improving on her 4:28.93
- Rawlings, who was 12th in the women’s 1,500-meter final June 25 at the USATF Championships, top 20 all-time American outdoor mile competitors following a 62.78-second split on her final lap to rally for the victory.
- Allie Wilson, was second in a lifetime-best 4:26.04 for the No. 2 global outdoor mark this year. Wilson, fourth in the 800 final June 26 at Hayward Field, had never eclipsed 4:30 in an indoor, outdoor or road mile prior to Saturday.
#2. Zach World’s Preview
- Our quick predictions for US medals in distance
- Women’s marathon – Keira D’Amato
- Men’s 10,000m – Grant Fisher
- Women’s 10,000m/5,000m – Cranny or Schwiezer
- Women’s steeple – Frerichs, Coburn
- Women’s 800m – Mu, Wilson, Rogers
- Ethiopia stirring things up
- Last minute change to team
- Top tier athletes doubling (Aregawi, Berega, Gidey)
#3. Andi World’s preview
- Women’s 1500m:
- No Gabriela DeBues-Stafford
- Faith kipyegon in a league of her own
- Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay, who won the World Indoor title by 5+ seconds back in March. Behind her, rising 21-year-old stars Hirut Meshesha and Freweyni Hailu should also be in the medal mix along with US champion Sinclaire Johnson.
- 2022’s fastest performers (among women entered)
- Faith Kipyegon, Kenya 3:52.59
- Gudaf Tsegay, Ethiopia 3:54.21
- Hirut Meshesha, Ethiopia 3:57.30
- Freweyni Hailu, Ethiopia 3:58.18
- Sinclaire Johnson, USA 3:58.85
- Women’s 800m
- As we have mentioned time and again, the US women are among the best in history in the 800m run.
- BUT women’s 800m has never seen a World Champion from the USA. (2x Olympic)
- Will it be a story of the youngsters? “Mu won a brilliant battle between teenage talents to gain Olympic gold last year, running a national record of 1:55.21 to edge her fellow 19-year-old Keely Hodgkinson with a British record of 1:55.88.”
- Kenya’s 22-year-old Mary Moraa won recently with a 1:57.68 over Hodgkinson’s 1:58.18.
- Let’s keep an eye on veteran Ajee Wilson (listen to our episode with Wilson) who won world outdoor bronze in 2017 and 2019 and has three world indoor medals, including the title she won in Belgrade in March – her first senior global gold.
- Wilson is No.2 this season with her 1:57.23 from the US Championships, Mu heading that top list with the 1:57.01 she ran to win in Rome.
- Then it’s Moraa, Hodgkinson and Raevyn Rogers