The Most Important Lessons From The Original Ultimate Runner 


In the original Ultimate Runner Competition, I learned that the human body can run while in and out of oxygen all day long with proper stamina conditioning, stretching, and recovery methods much more than I believed at the time.

I ran a 10k, 400 meters, 100 meters, a mile, and a marathon all in a single day. This experience greatly impacted how I approached my training and racing and the mental aspect of sports as a coach. It opened my mind to new physical and psychological training methods.

After experiencing the Original Ultimate Runner, my perception of what is possible expanded considerably as I realized my previous thinking was limited.

The race opened my mind in difficult-to-explain ways. It clarified my belief in the abilities that God has given us at a deeper level.

Eliud Kipchoge famously said, "No Human Is Limited." He devised a much better way of saying what I learned that day.

The following summarizes what I learned from the original Ultimate Runner Competition, which I still apply in my coaching practice today.

No Limits Thinking

It is possible to achieve much more than what we initially believe. When we set meaningful goals for ourselves, we can surprise ourselves with how much we can achieve. Most people can improve significantly from year to year.

I shared with some parents recently that setting more challenging team goals each year is essential. When you achieve one level of success, you may take it for granted and become complacent. This is just human nature. Therefore, we must strive for the next level of meaningful success to maintain momentum and avoid becoming numb to what was accomplished.

For instance, suppose your team wins a state championship in a particular year. In the following year, you might aim to achieve the best cumulative team time in the history of your school or state, provided you have a good reason for pursuing this goal. For more detailed information on this topic's motivational significance, please look at my article on  Meaningful Motivation.

Imposing arbitrary limits on others is the opposite of breakthrough thinking. Each person has unique DNA for a reason. Learning to customize training and tapping into the person's uniqueness is where breakthroughs happen.

To achieve a breakthrough, we should have a no-limits mindset when helping others reach their potential.

It is essential to acknowledge that natural laws come into play when pursuing a goal, and no one can be a superhero. However, it should be the norm, not the exception, for each person to think without limits within their God-given abilities.

To quote Kipchoge once more, "No human is limited." Indeed.


Coach Weber

Philippians 4:13

You can read about the Original Ultimate Runner Competition for more information about why you are in and out of oxygen debt all day.