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End of Year Countdown: 101 Greatest Training Tips of All Time

Posted Dec 14 2011 5:24am

About this time each year you start to notice articles talking about various top moments of the year. Yes, People Magazine , I am talking about you. I was suckered into all sorts of hottest celeb break-ups, weddings, meltdowns, etc.

There are some other types of countdowns that I can get on board with, such as Men’s Health Magazine list of “ 101 Greatest Training Tips of All Time.

I have quite the unhealthy obsession with Men’s Health mag and nodded and mmhmm’d through most of these tips. There is a something for everyone, but if I have to pick my top five:

1. Accept the challenge
“Everyone is an athlete. But some of us are training, and some of us are not.” —Dr. George Sheehan, runner/writer/philosopher
3. Be a minuteman
“The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments—1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles. Beginning runners need to think in minutes, not miles.” —Budd Coates, four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier/coach
10. Make time for a quickie
“If 15 minutes is all the time I have, I still run. Fifteen minutes of running is better than not running at all.” —Dr. Duncan Macdonald, former U.S. record holder at 5000 (set when he was in medical school)
16. Listen up!
“You must listen to your body. Run through annoyance, but not through pain.” —Dr. George Sheehan
37. Go with mind over grind
“Any idiot can train himself into the ground; the trick is doing the training that makes you gradually stronger.” —Keith Brantly, U.S. Olympic marathoner
94. Take baby steps
“You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your goal too high and don’t fulfill it, your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually raise it.” —Emil Zatopek, four-time Olympic gold medalist from Czechoslavakia

OK, that’s six, but I couldn’t help myself.

Let me know if you have a fave on the list or what you might add as a tip!

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