Think on These Things

Mental Rehearsal
The Thinker
The Thinker

I started pole vaulting for our Middle School track and field team in 7th grade. By the time I was in 8th grade, I began to think through the details of what a good vault looks like. When I finally understood how important the run up and a picture perfect takeoff was, I began to rehearse it in my mind. During one weekend this picture seemed to crystalize for me and I came to a point where I could think about it and feel what it should feel like to have a good approach and a perfect takeoff. All weekend long this kept going through my mind over and over again. When I got to practice at the start of the next week, I already knew how I should run, and what it should feel like, and I just did what I had rehearsed in my mind over and over again. Continue reading Think on These Things

Who Would Have Ever Thought?

World Class Athletes

woman runner running jumping  silhouetteGlenn Cunningham, Wilma Rudolf, O.J. Simpson. What do they have in common? For one thing they were all elite competitive runners. Glenn Cunningham broke the world record in the mile in 1934 running a time of 4:06.8, and set another world record in the indoor mile in 1938 by running a time of 4:04.4. Wilma Rudolf won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics consisting of a gold in the 100 meter, a gold in the 200 meter, and a gold with the 4 x 100 relay team. O.J. Simpson was on a world record 4 x 100 meter relay team, won the Heisman trophy for college football in 1967, was the first pro football player to run for over 2,000 yards in one season, and set a single game rushing record of 273 yards in one game. Continue reading Who Would Have Ever Thought?

The Power of Today

We Can Do Something About Today

Today In the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:11, Jesus instructs us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread.” I believe that Jesus was showing us the power of today and the power God has to be present with us today. If we consider our past, our future, and the moment we are in today, out of all three of these time frames, today is the time frame that we have the most control over. Continue reading The Power of Today

Transition from Negative to Positive

A Misconception

positive and negative thinkingThere was a time when I thought that maximum fitness was achieved by annihilating yourself with exhausting workouts. I believed that the more you are willing push yourself and the more pain you were willing to endure, the more you would gain from your exercise. I don’t believe this anymore. This type of exercise works for a while, and then it quits working, and it can even become counter-productive. Competition is different. If you want to be your best in a competition, you may have to give it your all no matter how bad it hurts. While a competitive effort is good for competition, it is not necessarily the best way to improve from week to week, month to month, and year to year. Long term improvement takes a different strategy Continue reading Transition from Negative to Positive