By Coach Dave Walters
Choose your goal, then BECOME your goal!
Very few great performances in running happen by accident. We, as a group and as individuals, need to always make sure we stay focused on both the long range and short range goals. Once we have established our LONG range goal we commit everything we have to ensure that goal becomes a reality. Everything. We BECOME our goal.
Way back, when I was preparing for my senior year of XC in High School, my coach sat down with me in June and asked what my goal was for the end of year State XC meet. I responded — “somewhere in the Top Five”. Coach declared — “I believe that you can WIN.” It seemed a pretty big reach but I ‘bought in’ and BECAME THE STATE XC CHAMPION.......6 months before the November race. From that day in June onward I did everything possible to ensure that the goal became a reality. Every run had a segment (or 3) that mentally included a part of the State Meet course. Every day included extra flexibility and strength work. Every workout was dedicated to ensuring that I crossed the finish line in first place.
On that first Saturday in November the Goal became Reality. It became reality because I set a goal and BELIEVED IT WOULD HAPPEN. I set a concrete goal.....not a nebulous one. I BECAME that goal six months prior to the race. I did everything possible to achieve that goal.
The take away is this: set a FIXED goal (example - 2:59 Marathon) — not a nebulous one (I will run the best that I can). Use your goal to inspire and motivate you to do the flexibility and strength work that you need to get done. Evaluate all areas of your life and ask yourself “ where can I make an adjustment(s) in my daily routine that will get me to the finish line faster?” As an example.....I stretch at every opportunity — hourly in the cockpit, standing at the elevator, before hitting the sack, etc. Proper nutrition and hydration come to mind. Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Doing the prescribed strides and form work? These are just a few areas that we all have to constantly evaluate.
Bottom line......be brutally honest with yourself and ask (as an example) “does a 2:59 Marathoner do this....or neglect that?” If you believe in your goal and have BECOME your goal you will already know the answer.
We are ALL capable of outstanding performances. By working together and applying ourselves with ruthless determination we can ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS.
Choose your goal......then BECOME your goal!!
An “Illustration” by Coach Dan Kittaka
July Race Highlights
Women’s Half Marathon:
Julia Buford - San Francisco HM - 1:19:32 (PR & 2nd place!)
Brian Lesiewicz - Chinatown 5k - 15:17 (PR & champ!)
Brian Robertson - Barrington 10k - 35:59 (PR & 2nd place!)
Chris Porst - Elmhurst Distance Festival - 4:45 (PR!)
Pam Orvis - Freedom Five 5k - 21:28 (AG champ!)
Rene Duquesnoy - Elmhurst 4 on the 4th - 31:05
Brian Robertson - Barrington 10k - 35:59 (2nd place!)
Sergio Moreno - Burgers & Beer 5k - 17:14
Varun Praveen - Burgers & Beer 5k - 18:50
Dave Alvarez - Burgers & Beer 5k - 19:25
Maggie Johnson - Burgers & Beer 5k - 20:21
Nakul Girdhar - Burgers & Beer 5k - 20:22
Brett Joseph - Burgers & Beer 5k - 21:25
Dan Kapinus - Burgers & Beer 5k - 21:30
Malla Seljeseth - Burgers & Beer 5k - 24:38
Steve Spangler - Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll HM - 1:22:53
Dan Kapinus - Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll HM - 1:37:30
Danyelle Dron - Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll HM - 1:40:47
Top Placings & Age Group Wins
Brian Lesiewicz - Liberty Loop 5k - 16:19 (champ!)
Paul Erickson - Elmhurst 4 on the 4th - 23:29 (AG champ!)
Dave Walters - Elmhurst 4 on the 4th - 24:13 (AG champ!)
Brooke Wilson - Elmhurst 4 on the 4th - 25:09 (3rd place!)
Bri Rohne - Afton 25k - 2:10:35 (2nd place!)
Valere Guertin - 415 5k - 22:19 (AG champ!)
Tim Hird - Burgers & Beer 5k - 16:01 (2nd place!)
Loren Newman - Burgers & Beer 5k - 16:26 (AG champ!)
Paul Erickson - Burgers & Beer 5k - 17:07 (AG champ)
Sarah David - Burgers & Beer 5k - 17:50 (champ!)
Amanda George - Burgers & Beer 5k - 19:22 (3rd place!)
Sam Greenwood - Burgers & Beer 5k - 19:43 (AG champ!)
Larry Kravets - Burgers & Beer 5k - 20:03 (AG champ!)
Jess Sokolowski - Burgers & Beer 5k - 20:31 (AG champ!)
Katie Dudek - Burgers & Beer 5k - 21:27 (AG champ!)
Kathleen McAuliffe - Burgers & Beer 5k - 23:06 (AG champ!)
Curt Hansman - Burgers & Beer 5k - 27:59 (AG champ!)
Shujaat Sultan - Ron Gummerson Mile - 4:59 (2nd place!)
Erica van Heerden - Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll HM - 1:25:59 (AG champ!)
Damon King - Elmhurst Distance Festival 2M - 9:46 (2nd place!)
Bri Rohne - Wy’East Howl 50k - 5:42:49 (3rd place!)
Jess Sokolowski - West Bend HM - 1:38:46 (3rd place!)
Upcoming Events & Major Races
8/3 - LR @ Waterfall Glen
8/10 - LR @ Swallow Cliff
8/17 - LR & path cleanup @ Prairie Path
8/22 - Goose Island Pint Night (1800 N Clybourn)
8/24 - LR & NRC Shoe Day @ Naperville Running Company
8/31 - LR Canceled - team @ camp!
Check out the calendar (and add it to your own calendar!) here.
8/11 - Dave Walters
8/12 - Maggie Graham
8/17 - Kelsey Seiler
8/18 - Kathleen McAuliffe
8/20 - Jess Sokolowski
8/21 - Pam Orvis
8/23 - Sean Packard & Tim Hird
Meet the Newest DWRunners!