06 May '12, 1pm

The best runners don't dwell on "bad" workouts or races. I admire that & these other traits:

Through my online coaching, I get to work with beginning runners just coming off the couch as well as competitive runners aiming for age-group victories or trying to qualify for Boston. And through my work with our Olympic training team in Flagstaff, I get to help Olympians and world championship-level athletes. What's most interesting is not the differences between the various groups of athletes but rather the similarities. Over my 20 years of coaching, I've noticed five key traits of successful distance runners. These traits apply to everyone -- beginners just joining the sport; competitive folks who balance work, family and other commitments with their running goals; and Olympic-level athletes. 1) Don't Dwell Every long-time runner has experienced this phenomenon: week after week of great runs suddenly interrupted by one of the worst workouts in years, for no logical re...

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