Running On (Mind) Target

Running On TargetI was driving down Los Angeles behind a car (actually an SUV) of my dream. Of course I have to follow this vehicle for a few blocks just for fun…it served as a moving target.

I do the same when running. If there was a runner passing me by and looks like it’s a good target or some sort of a challenge I would try and follow and draft behind. It motivates and makes my running workout more interesting.

When I sat out and planned my marathon training last year I was looking for a training guide. Then I had my finishing time set out clearly and my gears in place. The training did not go my way most of the time but overall it went well.

The final result was a mere one (1) second better than what I have trained for. But, it was a personal record for me…i was all happy and excited.

I planned to run 30 minutes faster than my previous marathon. That was a big jump and the training made it more difficult, I’m doing it alone. However, I had a clear goal ( a target) in mind and stuck with the training and had some fun in the process.

In 1974, there was a track held in Tennessee with some of the greatest athletes of the day. Because of the caliber of the athletes, everyone was  hoping that a new world record would be  set in the 100-yard dash. One of the runners was Ivory Crockett. Before the race, the television cameras filmed Ivory Crockett folding up a little piece of paper and sticking it in his shoe. A buzz went through the crowd. Everyone was discussing why he had stuck a piece of paper in his shoe.

Long story short. Crockett won and clocked 9.0 – a new world record. At the finish Ivory Crockett pulled the piece of paper he put in his shoe before the race and it simply read: “9.0” The Los Angeles Times described the event with the headline “Immortality in 9 Seconds Flat.

I wonder how many times Ivory Crockett has written his goal on paper or thought about it in his mind. He did it one more time during that special day in ’74, and boy was he right dead on target!

How about you…are you running on (mind) target?

Comments are closed.