There's obviously some validity to it. But I think it also points out that you obviously can do it on your own because people have been doing it long before they had the stuff.
Really, I think that going out and playing with your friends is kind of becoming a lost art, with the kids in the neighborhood.
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.
Being in school is the best place to be if you are an athlete because you can structure your own time.
I started in law school in '71 and graduated in '74. So I was training for the Olympics, running or averaging around 20 miles a day and going to law school full time.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, winning the gold medal was undoubtedly the biggest day of my career - mostly because I won the way I had prepared to run it. It was a totally satisfying experience.
Running with others can help get you out when you might otherwise blow it off.
Because running fast is more fun than running slow.
I think the secret of my light, quick, foot strike is related to the fact that I have fragile feet.
It is just called Continuing Legal Education. You can go to lectures, you can even listen to tapes on airplanes - they want you to stay current. So you do have to stay current to maintain your license even if you are not practicing.
As I've been able to once again gain the benefits of speed work, I'm enjoying my running more and more.
Intervals and other types of speed work are essential to improve running speed.