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Achieving Personal Best: BJ Bedford Miller

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Achieving Personal Best: BJ Bedford Miller

“Everyone has their Olympics. Mine was televised. Your heart, your mind and your competitive spirit can shine in ANYTHING.”

Back in the ‘80s when I had the privilege of attending The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, I had no idea I would be rubbing elbows with Olympians, among them two gold medalist swimmers. That’s right. Two students in the class below mine earned the preface “Olympic Gold Medalist.” One of these is the very humble BJ Bedford Miller who was ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Kristin Villopoto

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Achieving Personal Best: Kristin Villopoto

 “I have never had raw talent.  On the track team in school, I was the one who stayed the summer and kept training because it took so much for me to be even close to the level of my teammates.  I know how to work hard towards a goal, and what makes me want it is to save face with the ones who can train only a bit then blow everyone away in the race.”

I met Kristin Villopoto September ’12 ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Jackie Edwards

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Achieving Personal Best: Jackie Edwards

 

“If I took personal responsibility for a loss, I felt as if I had it in within my power to do better the next time as opposed to blaming something extrinsic.”

I love watching the Olympics. I am always inspired, but hardly ever deluded into believing that I too could have been an Olympian had I just found the right sport or worked a little harder. (There was that one exception.)  One of the things I appreciate about watching the Olympics ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Jeff Weinstein

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Achieving Personal Best: Jeff Weinstein

“That deep practice concept is interesting. It describes my training process. I set a race date, set a goal time, see how close I come, and then move on to the next one. It can often be frustrating to fall short, but when you do hit your goals, it’s amazing. It’s important to set ambitious, but reasonable goals.”

While we have many talented athletes at The Dalton School (and a stunning number of those in Sin Quee/Neiers House—I’m just a little biased), ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Gail Kattouf

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Achieving Personal Best: Gail Kattouf

“Most everything I do well now, I failed at first. I learn the most after I fail or watch someone fail. It hits me hard and I hate the feeling and learn from it well.”

I met Gail Kattouf at this year’s Duathlon Nationals, where she ran and rode the course as if it were a downhill, while the rest of us felt otherwise. She excels in running, duathlons, and triathlons, and among her many accomplishments, she was this years ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Interview With Meb Keflezighi

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Achieving Personal Best: Interview With Meb Keflezighi

Fear of failure is what makes me successful. – Meb Keflezighi

In my last post I wrote about my project examining how elite athletes achieve personal best. I’m fascinated to see the path these athletes took and how they came to be so good. It’s informative  to learn how many athletes who are perceived as “gifted” actually know plenty of failure, as well as to see how much time is needed to cultivate those gifts.

One such athlete and ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Proposal

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Achieving Personal Best: Proposal

Back in 2008, a few photos of me were used in a New York Times “Personal Best” by Gina Kolata. Those two words – personal best – are particularly meaningful to me.

In January, 2012, I wrote my sabbatical proposal to the Faculty Review Committee at The Dalton School.  I was fortunate to be honored with the grant to pursue racing and interviewing elite athletes. Over the next few months, I will be posting these interviews. Below are excerpts from ...

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Two Days, Two 5K PR’s

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Two Days, Two 5K PR’s

Remember how my season was to end after I went to France? Well, I am trying to pack in as many possible PRs before I sit and do nothing in November. The goal this weekend was to run sub-19 for 5k. Fast, flat course in Brooklyn: Get to the Point 5k on Sunday, October 14 . Small race with a great vibe and Brooklyn Lager at the after-party. The last time I raced it, we had the Nike smart ...

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Sub-40 at 40+

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Sub-40 at 40+

In February 2003, I ran my first NYYR race, a 10K at  7:19 pace, clocking in at 45:32. Only 5 women in the race broke 40 minutes, and the winning time was 36:49. I placed 39th in the race out of 1,026 women. While that time is certainly respectable, there is a different demographic of women who now toe the line at these races. The races are much bigger, and there are more fast and slow athletes showing up.Today 45:32 wouldn’t ...

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Not Born in the USA

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Not Born in the USA

You got the look I want to know better. You got the look that’s all together. The Jordache look. The Jordache look.

I came to the States when I was 8 years old and during most of my adolescence felt like I didn’t get the memo on how to be American. I still cringe looking back on how much I didn’t know and how lonely it all felt. I am one of six girls, and my mom, one sister and I ...

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