I haven't run today and don't intend to. The plan was to get my guys going on their run after school and then head to the gym for a longish run on the treadmill. That didn't happen. Instead, we watched videos of last year's Foot Locker West race and talked about race strategy. We also watched video of the 2000 race where Ritz, Webb, and Hall went 1-2-3. Whatever Dathan Ritzenheim has or hasn't accomplished since then, he was one hell of a high school runner. I'm not sure I've personally seen anyone better. I think it was pretty inspiring for Kramer to watch it.
One thing I think about a lot as a coach is how much courage it takes to be a top runner. Yes, there's the talent aspect which is essential, but the longer I do this, the more I'm convinced that courage is what makes a champion. Ritzenheim ran with courage rare for 17 year old.
How do you coach or teach that?