Stop Looking for the Magic Cure
Tribes or People from far lands Aren’t the Answer
Stop looking for the magic cure. Every 10 to 15 years it seems like there is a book or story about a group of people hidden away in some mountain far away that are great runners. You would think they would publish these stories on April 1st. I guess its like the endless books and videos on how to get rich without trying. Who knows.
However there are ways to study runners at their top form. Below is the great Haile Gebrselassie. Never met him. Wish I had.
This video goes in depth and is autobiographical in nature. There are a few things I want to note. Just as reference and food for thought.
- A large amount of Africa’s great runners run to and from school. From my studies it seems to usually be around 6 miles each way. Can the US compete?
- The average winnings for a race can set an African runner up for a successful life in there home country. In the US a $5000 purse is possibly 2 months wages. One month after tax?
- Possibly an over study on form? There is endless slow motion video of Haile’s running technique. I’m not sure this isn’t a function of being himself. Running at high speeds tends to maximize technique without much adjustment. So is the answer just run more?
- Goal was set early in life. Here in the US it seems like the parents set goals for the kids. It is pretty obvious Haile decided what he wanted on his own.
- An Idol. A Mentor. A Hero. Whatever you wan to call it. Who are our hero Distance runners? How can we get them to inspire our young. Billy Mills 1964 comes to mind. We need a winner.
- Training in packs. Groups. We have gotten better at this. Nike has there thing. A few others. However we are still segregated by the colleges we compete at. Should we stop competing in the University system?
Not sure of the answer. I do know this. Tribes or people from far lands are not the answer. The answers are right in front of us. Enjoy the video.
Make it a great run. 🙂