Confidence vs. Toughness

I cringe at the term toughness when it is thrown around in athletics, and particularly in distance running.  I guess I am not very tough .  I react this way for a couple reasons.  First, I don’t think any athletic endeavor should be approached as a toughness contest.  This is not the point of the basketball game, theContinue reading “Confidence vs. Toughness”

Person > Athlete > Runner > ?????

There is an order I try to view everyone I coach from……person first, athlete second, runner third, specific event focus (miler, steeplechaser, marathoner, etc.) fourth.  The same approach works for any sport really: person, athlete, basketball player, guard for example.  It even works for non-athletic endeavors:  person, artist, musician, guitar player.  I also think ofContinue reading “Person > Athlete > Runner > ?????”

Lessons of Breaking Trail

Yesterday as I was snowshoeing up a mountain, breathing so hard I felt like I was about to spit my heart out of mouth, I had the opportunity for some serious rumination on breaking trail.  For those unfamiliar with breaking trail in snowshoeing, it simply refers to being the first one to cut a trackContinue reading “Lessons of Breaking Trail”

Presence – so simple, so elusive

The final of the 3 Ps of performance!  If you’ve established the what and the why of your purpose, and you can fully define and you value your process, then all that is left is to remain present as you embrace your challenge.  Simple, right?  Not so fast.  Presence is simple in concept, but plentyContinue reading “Presence – so simple, so elusive”