Frank Shorter in 2002
|Full name||Frank Charles Shorter|
October 31, 1947 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||134 lb (61 kg)|
|Event(s)||Marathon, 10,000 meters|
|Club||Florida Track Club|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||3000 meters: 7:51.4
5000 meters: 13:26.62
10,000 meters: 27:45.91
For the novice runner, I'd say to give yourself at least 2 months of consistently running several times a week at a conversational pace before deciding whether you want to stick with it. Consistency is the most important aspect of training at this point.
Running with others can help get you out when you might otherwise blow it off.
The irony of that is, what makes it kind of ironic, is when you do become successful as a professional athlete in particular, a lot of the young children who are emulating these stars do have a different perspective.
As I've been able to once again gain the benefits of speed work, I'm enjoying my running more and more.
I started in law school in '71 and graduated in '74. So I was training for the Olympics, running or averaging around 20 miles a day and going to law school full time.
I admire runners older than I – they are now my heroes. I want to be like them as I grow older.
Yes, winning the gold medal was undoubtedly the biggest day of my career – mostly because I won the way I had prepared to run it. It was a totally satisfying experience.
There's obviously some validity to it. But I think it also points out that you obviously can do it on your own because people have been doing it long before they had the stuff.
Right now, after having had back surgery, I am finally back to running again.
It is just called Continuing Legal Education. You can go to lectures, you can even listen to tapes on airplanes – they want you to stay current. So you do have to stay current to maintain your license even if you are not practicing.
I think he had a wake-up call. It's a different kind of race, and I think maybe he didn't take it quite as seriously as he might have, but you can bet he learned a lot of lessons.
The marathon is all about energy management. I had planned to run it like a track race with strategic surges to blow up my competitors by putting them into oxygen debt, so that is the way I prepared.
You don't run 26 miles at five minutes a mile on good looks and a secret recipe.
I think the secret of my light, quick, foot strike is related to the fact that I have fragile feet.
When you are caring about your children perhaps you always have to remember at what point you can become over involved because of something you need rather than something the child needs.
The potential elite runner must realize that hard means hard, easy means easy and they must patiently seek out what combinations work for them. They have to learn to be persistent and patient with their training and racing.
What you did was live on very little. I think all of us that were competing – Bill is the same way – you don't need much to live.
It is not the time spent with the child at their activity that is going to produce the highest level athlete. It is in supporting the child in an organized activity – and Bill alluded to this – so the child can find what they truly like to do and let them go.
Really, I think that going out and playing with your friends is kind of becoming a lost art, with the kids in the neighborhood.
When I am totally race fit, I don't worry about breathing or technique – they take care of themselves.
I think it is that parents just don't kick their kids out the door as much as they used to. I think the demise of sandlot sports has had a lot to do with it.
So, in a way I was hedging and saying that if the Olympic stuff doesn't work out at least I can be a lawyer.
Intervals and other types of speed work are essential to improve running speed.
Being in school is the best place to be if you are an athlete because you can structure your own time.
A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over, even in victory, to see what might be done to improve the performance the next time.
Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focusing on running fast and relaxed. Eventually it passes and the flow returns. It's part of racing.