Track & Field
By Morris Scoggin
Track and field has a special place in the sports world in that it is one sport in which the individual can compete against him/ herself. Although it is glorious and inspiring to see an Olympic champion win his specialty, it is equally inspiring or glorious to see a junior varsity or frosh-soph athlete set a personal best in his/ her event. Not every athlete is going to have the ability to compete on the championship level, but he/she can compete against him /herself on his /her own level.
The best philosophy for the great and the average athlete should be one and the same: TO MAKE YOURSELF THE VERY BEST POSSIBLE ATHLETE THAT YOU CAN BE! In this way one can gain inner satisfaction from the sport whether one sets a school record or wins a race or scores points or sets a personal best for the team.
To gain this satisfaction, you have to get in the RIGHT FRAME OF MIND. You have to establish realistic goals and set up a plan for how to accomplish these goals. This might include a variety of training ideas such as weight training, or running EVERY day, or doing interval workouts, or working on technique, or any combination of several things. But the important thing is that you consciously set goals for yourself and make a plan to accomplish those goals. Your goal should start with being the very best that you possibly can be.
However, this “RIGHT FRAME OF MIND” implies more than just setting goals. Two important words are associated with your goals in Track and Field. They are DEDICATION and CONSISTENCY. One must dedicate him /herself to the goal or purpose behind the training. Consistency is the mark of a dedicated individual. You cannot be inconsistent in your workout schedule or lack dedication to your purpose and the best athlete you can possibly be.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO PREPARE FOR THOSE GOALS ON A DAILY BASIS AND YOU WILL HAVE A SUCCESSFUL SEASON!