Just got the latest issue of Peak Running Performance's online publication. It is packed with great information as usual and should be a bookmark for all interested runners at all levels. This issue is devoted mainly to the upcoming Olympics and has some excellent sections by some great authors that will challenge your thinking and your opinions about several issues at hand right now. You can access the July/August 2008 Peak Running Performance Issue by clicking on this link. Articles this month are: How Do You Perceive the Olympic Games, The 2008 Pollution Games?, The Making of a Champion, The Quest for Bronze, You Ask...Steve Answers, and 26 and Change.
I really liked the Training Strategy section titled The Making of a Champion, by Alberto Salazar, 1982 Boston Marathon Winner. I made a mental note of the many things that I need to work on to get better each day and also Salazar brings up important things to use to build your foundation for training. Salazar includes a list of "defining characteristics of the physiological and psychological makings of a champion". Now before you say that this article doesn't apply to you. Stop! Each day you go out and put one foot in front of the other and cover whatever distance you do, YOU ARE A CHAMPION! This stuff is for you! The characteristics that Salazar writes about are as follows: strength, power, flexibility, speed, endurance, economy, resilience, toughness, tenacity, dedication, competitiveness, courageousness, and spiritual.
Please take the time to sit down and read Salazar's article. It will inspire you and also challenge you as I said. The rest of the publication has incredible amounts of great information that can have an impact what you are doing too. Remember, YOU ARE A CHAMPION! Enjoy the reading!
Forward we go! May your roads and trails be happy and safe!