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Goals are really important in life, but I never set a ceiling." Jenny Simpson has been a force on the track since she made the Olympics as a college student, and at 33, things are only trending up. On Sunday, she broke her own course record and secured an 8th title at the 5th Avenue Mile. Jenny doesn't compete with her mind singularly focused on one race or one result. Since the beginning, she has run with the bigger picture of a long career in mind.

  • This mentality allows her to hit every start line with more "hope and fewer expectations.”
  • A stress fracture in her femur in 2010 was the only serious injury of her career, and she attributes this level of injury-proofness to the consistency of her support team. Her husband manages most of the family's daily tasks, and she has an armada of physical therapists and trainers that she's been working with without major interruption for the last 14 years. 
  • To get a better picture of the Jenny, who has learned to crush the long game (despite being a middle distance runner 😜) in all aspects of life, read Women's Running Magazine's Expose.
  • She's also a friend of The 'strike...(NBD)

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Tricky Nick Willis and the career that won't slow down. Willis, who crushed the course on 5th ave in 3:51.7, is the Roger Federer of running. Early in his career he was a wildhorse, running through stress fractures, throwing rackets (metaphorically), racing as if every lap was his last. Now, at 36, he's a two time olympic medalist and the 3rd fastest non-African of all time over 1500m. What changed? He learned that to #winforever, he had to become Mr. Moderation. The lessons for us mortals:

  • Racing > training to your limit. "I’ve always felt that it was better to be on the start line than not at all. So I’ve always held back a little bit with my training and perhaps done 10 or 15 percent less than what would be considered the maximum"
  • Speed kills, if you're doing too much of it: "I probably only hit the track once every two and a half weeks very hard. The rest of the time is just doing hills or tempo runs or fartleks or just touching on the speed at the end of a workout on the track."
  • Cross training helps you stay tough through hard training blocks. "I think work in the weight room helps just as much as running mileage."

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