Run: Active Workout
Additional Workout: Insanity Max Interval Plyo

This mornings blog isn’t so much about running as the previous postings. On the evening of June 4, 2010 Coach John Wooden passed away at the age of 99 (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010). Coach Wooden won 10 National basketball Championships while coaching at UCLA, which is the most by any college basketball coach. Now some of you may wonder, so what is the point of this blog? How does it relate? Well Coach Wooden for me is the most influential person who I never met, in fact I have never even been in the same room as the man, yet he found a way to influence how I am as a coach and a competitor. In fact the way I approach running and setting my goals is partially influenced by Coach John Wooden. Obviously I was taught a majority of goals and life by my parents and others close to me but as far as redefining certain aspects it is Coach Wooden who did that for me.

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? ” – John Wooden
If you go half effort in training for upcoming runs, outside of caring for injuries or slower paced days, it is tough to make up and cheat a solid run when your goal is running a personal best 26.2. Sometimes we can skip a day and think no big deal, but in the grand scheme of things can you really afford to say I’ll do it correctly tomorrow, when tomorrow brings another workout. The extra work ends up just piling up.

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” – John Wooden
There are certain days in my runs when I end up finding myself having to just finish, I went out too quick, I pushed too hard to early, I hit that hill harder than I should have, and my legs are gone. When I train I do more than just try to finish, I make sure I have nothing left in the tank, sometimes I run out earlier, I make mistakes on my pace or when I make a move in a race. But through my mistakes I learn a little more about my tactics for my runs.

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
At the end of the year maybe I qualify for the 2011 Boston Marathon, maybe I don’t. Obviously, it is my goal and that is what I am working for. My goal time by December’s CIM is to run a sub 3 hours and 10 minutes, which will give me the chance to run in Boston is 2011. Certain things happen, injuries are unaccounted for when I train, but did I do my best in every training run, and run the race I should have. If my personal best isn’t a Boston qualifying time then so be it, but at least I know I put the work in every day. In he end that is success doing your best every day every time you hit the road for a run, or additional workout.

If you are looking for a couple good reads (all of Coach Wooden’s books are great reads), I would suggest my two personal favorites, My Personal Best and  Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success. 

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