In this episode of the A to Z Running Podcast, Olympian Kim Conley shares her running career through the lens of a growth mindset. Her 16 consecutive years of running PRs made Kim the perfect person to answer the question, “What is a growth mindset in running?”
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World of Running
March 11-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas
- For the men…
- Oregon’s Cole Hocker (19 years old) won the mile in a meeting record then came back an hour later to win the 3,000m (and missed meeting record by only .21 sec)
- His finishing speed was devastating (ran a 53 second last quarter in the mile)
- Inside scoop (letsrun): Oregon coach Robert Johnson apparently admitted that he was going to pull Hocker from the 3k after winning the mile if the team had a solid hold on the title (but they didn’t)
- Oregon men won the meet on the backs of their distance runners (1st in 800, mile, 3,000m, and DMR)
- Also took 2nd in the 3k
- For the women…
- Athing Mu (definitely was one to watch) ended up 2nd in the open 400m despite being a strong favorite
- However, came back to anchor the Arkansas 4x400m relay in the fastest indoor 400m split ever run by an NCAA female: 49.54
- Arkansas women won their second consecutive title (remember last year was off)
- 2nd highest point total in D1 indoor history
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March 11-13, 2021, Birmingham, AL
- West Michigan’s very own Grand Valley State University won the women’s team competition while men were runner up.
- 3rd indoor title for the women (2011 and 2012)
March 14, 2021 Nagoya, Japan (Japan Running News)
- 5,000 in marathon
- 9,000 in half
- Blustery conditions did not result in a successful attempt of the Japanese national record, however the female winner Mizuki Matsuda (with Daihatsu) ran 2:21:51
- Women’s 60+ world record holder Mariko Yugeta (with Saitama OIG) likewise struggled with the wind, coming up short of her goal of breaking her own record of 2:52:13 from Osaka in January but adding another sub-3 to her resume with a time of 2:54:31 for 70th overall in her 110th marathon finish.
- “Barring any resulting spike in infection numbers later this month, Nagoya was a beacon of hope that this fall will see all those who could only watch from a distance this time get their chances on the streets of Boston, London, Tokyo, and the world’s other major cities.”
On March 9th, app.com posted a story about Ajee’ Wilson…
- Her old high school, Neptune HS in New Jersey will name their track after her.
NCAA Cross Country national championships also just happened on Monday, March 15. We’ll share notable highlights next week, but you can check out the results at the link on atozrunning.com
MAIN TOPIC: WHAT IS A GROWTH MINDSET IN RUNNING?
Growth mindset has been a buzz term with businesses and organizations. According to a Harvard Business review growth mindset can be described like this, “Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning.” Or in a runner’s case, worry less about beating people and put more energy into improvement.
We’ve brought on 2x Olympian Kim Conley to discuss her incredible growth mindset and how implementing this framework has been important in her progression as an athlete.
About our guest: Kim Conley
Kim Conley has been called an underdog, yet is a two-time Olympian representing team USA in 2012 and 2016 on the track in the 5k. She is an excellent racer, and is known for her consistent improvement. In fact, Kim PRd for 16 years straight which proves her consistency and suggests a growth mindset. In 2014 Kim won the 10k USA title in a fierce battle with Jordan Hasay (which she will unpack in the episode). In 2015 Kim won the USA Half Marathon Championship and holds an impressive half marathon PR of 1:09:44.
Kim Conley’s Personal Records:
One Mile 4:27
Half Marathon 1:09:44