Distance runners,

First, thanks to all who helped at the Haverford Invitational yesterday. Our home meets are an ‘all hands on deck’ situation and many of you were present and eager to help. Again, thank you.

As a program we’re in a great place. There were many PR’s yesterday, and everyone worked very hard. There’s no ‘quit’ in this team and I am grateful for that. The work we are doing is paying off already, and it’s still early in the season. We care about the details. We’re tuned in to injury prevention. We take care of our bodies. We train hard and smart. We compete with maturity, savvy, and extreme toughness. We take care of each other – we’re supportive teammates. From our beginners to our veterans, we are crushing it.

A few weeks ago I spoke about the ‘two c’s’: confidence and consistency. I will remind you again that these concepts are at the core of the program. You should all feel confident. You’re getting fit. You’re learning the sport. You’re getting faster. This confidence will help you on race day, when you’re nervous. You can tell yourself “I’m ready for this” with total confidence because YOU ARE. And one of the forces driving that confidence is consistency. We work consistently, we take care of our bodies consistently. Every day matters.

And, once again, the schedule: some of you are juggling a lot right now. Some handle it well, some seem overloaded. Family and school are the priorities. But I’m hoping, for many of you, that our team comes in 3rd (or 4th, or 5th at least), after the top two priorities. I have many interests. Much of my life doesn’t involve running. But as an athlete I always carved out a space to train hard, to make sure I did everything right. I do the same thing as a coach. So I would ask all of you to learn how to schedule properly. Use the calendar.  If you occasionally need to miss practice, make time to run, lift, stretch. You can achieve excellence in multiple parts of your life. But it takes planning, communication, and hard work. I want you all to learn to do this now, ASAP. It will benefit you for the rest of your life. This team works best when we’re all committed, when we can depend on each other. That’s the key to any successful organization.

Thank you.

Go Fords.

Coach G