The originality of the title is equivocal to any other person who begins their unique adventure. As I sit here pondering what exactly would my audience want to read, sifting through mental notes of the science and training methods for numerous events of running. But I will share some thoughts with the premise of launching a new running-based online platform. The goal is to provide useful information through regular blog posts, newsletters, webinars and interviews with sports-specific professionals, and provide plans to our online and in-person coaching services.
By providing information resources and intuitive coaching services, we focus on those willing to challenge themselves and us as coaches to reach the next level; not just through fitness gains, but how we understand this genuinely amazing sport. Since running's inauguration in the ancient Olympic Games, it's become a multifaceted activity that people adopt as a lifestyle by means of competing on the roads, track, cross country (both sport and literally across the country Forest Gump style), and trails for a finite amount of time, distance, and elevation gain.
Although the construct of distance and time is finite, the mental drive to pursue outrageous possibilities of human performance remains infinite. The truest test of courage is to possess the will to push and expand those perceived boundaries of human potential. People throughout history have tested those boundaries by driving their shoulders and edge beyond. Many will believe that these critical figures provide the future generation the kind of motivation required; Roger Bannister, in 1954, was the first human ever to break that renowned 4-minute barrier with the time of 3:59.4 (talk about edging it by the skin of his teeth!). It was during a time when people doubted it was possible. It was believed by some medical professionals at the time that if a person were to attempt to break the 4-minute barrier that it could be fatal.
Could the medical professionals' assumptions of Bannister's time be based on the story of Pheidippides? Ancient Athenian long-distance runner courier around 490 BCE that was sent to deliver a message to Sparta to seek aid when the Persians landed in Marathon to begin their campaign of conquering Greece. It's believed that Pheidippides ran approximately 150 miles in 2 days between Athens to Sparta, then from Sparta to Marathon to fight in the Battle of Marathon, then back to Athens to deliver the message of victory before he collapsed and died from exhaustion.
Three weeks after Bannister, John Landy broke the 4-minute barrier with the time of 3:58.0, after the time was ratified by the IAAF that rounded up his time to the nearest second from the original time of 3:57.9, which was customary at the time. Almost exactly a decade later, Jim Ryun became the first high school runner in history to run sub-4 in the mile. Since Bannister's incredible feat, there have been over 1,400 male runners who have demolished that pre-existing barrier. Forty-five years after Bannister, the current world record holder is Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco running the mile in 3:43.13 in 1999 at the age of 24. Not many came close running the record since, not in lacking effort, but the emphasis on the world stage had shifted the mile to the 1500m.
Next worth mentioning is the most recent accomplishment by Eliud Kipchoge, who set a new world record in the marathon with the time of 2:01:39 at the Berlin Marathon in 2018. Then, one year later, breaks the 2-hour marathon barrier with the time of 1:59:40 in Vienna. Although the time has been ruled unofficial because of the amount of aid, pace car, and pace groups accessible to him, it dawned the entire world that such a milestone formerly believed to be unattainable has been attained. But when we compare between his two most accomplished feats, it's almost precisely a 2-minute difference, now that's relatively low, especially when comparing accommodations. The question remains, is it possible for anyone to run under 2 hours in the marathon without the use of those accommodations that will count towards a world record? Without a shadow of a doubt, I believe it to be possible sooner than we realize.
Back on the original train of thought before the tangent, I'll tell you what Runner Streak is all about. We provide various means in cultivating running capabilities of all people training at different levels, and how we can incorporate those means to elevate each individual to their next level progressively. Our training programs designed to match your specific needs to reduce the risk of injury. We focus on developing sound running techniques unique to your biomechanics; and connect various resources produced by many of today's prominent coaches and sport-specific professionals to our people. These resources include science-based training modalities; in-depth performance analysis through everyday training avenues; strength, coordination, and mobility for injury prevention; and multiple aspects in regards to nutrition.
Understandably there are tons of information made available on how to train for a specific race or event. Mountains of information exist where one has to traverse through the valleys to seek out which method works best, which makes both training and coaching rather difficult regardless of a coach's or athlete's experience level.
The most frustrating thing anyone can do is trusting a system wholeheartedly only to struggle with a setback that prevents you or your athletes from toeing the line on race day, or even build a consistent running background for future development. I won't make any promises that my information and coaching ability are better than the next coach, and concerning many other coaches, I too have my strengths and my weaknesses. I diligently work through my weaknesses so that they complement my strengths in the long run.
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