Champions Are Not Always The Fastest In The Field

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I once thought training for an event like the Olympic games or other similar elite events was more challenging than maintaining everyday health and fitness. I was wrong.

I trained for months, running over 100 miles a week in preparation for the Original Ultimate Runner Competition. This grueling competition consisted of running 10k, 400 meters, 100 meters, a mile, and a marathon, all on the same day. I worked as hard as anyone could to be ready for this challenging event. My hard work paid off when I was crowned the best all-around runner.

The key to winning the original Ultimate Runner Competition was the motivation I had at the time to become the very best all-around runner. Strong motivation and leverage are required to accomplish big goals.

After winning the Ultimate Runner Competition and retiring from competitive running, I confided in my friends that running 100 miles weekly was much easier for me than running 30 miles weekly for general fitness. The absence of a challenging and inspiring fitness goal made me feel like I was going through the motions.

I struggled to maintain my health and fitness for about three years. At one point, my weight had increased by nearly 50 pounds. Even though I was once one of the best competitive runners, I found it challenging to stay motivated to exercise daily after retiring from competition.

One day, I realized I needed to shift my focus from my fitness and health goals to helping and serving others with theirs. This was the motivation and leverage I needed to get back on track with my health and fitness journey. I knew that if I wanted to coach and assist others, I had to set a better example by improving my health and fitness. By placing others ahead of my struggles, I found the motivation to get back on track and support others in achieving their unique health and fitness goals.

A True champion stays committed to their health and fitness goals for the long term. They do this not just for themselves but for a greater purpose. Making a daily commitment to health and fitness year after year is what defines a champion in many ways.

To me, a champion includes someone who takes the time to work out regularly to have more energy to spend with their kids. I am equally inspired by a person who works hard to have a better life with their family as I am by an Olympic champion. Parents who set an example of fitness and health for their children to follow inspire me. Additionally, people who run and exercise to prevent various diseases and health issues often accompanying aging also motivate me.

I have coached many champions who excelled in their respective events. However, two particular champions come to my mind, and they never even came close to winning a race. One of the women I coached lost over 100 pounds, and she has successfully kept the weight off for more than 30 years. Another young man lost around 80 pounds, which positively transformed his life.

You don't have to be an Olympic champion or the best at an event to find satisfaction in your daily workouts. Find a meaningful goal, and you'll discover the motivation to stay healthy and fit.

I'll see you at the finish line!


Coach Weber 

Philippians 4:13