Marathons, Mindsets & World Records

In 2014 at the Berlin Marathon Dennis Kimetto set the world record of 2:02:57, averaging 4:42 per mile for 26.2 miles.

For years, within running circles, the idea of breaking a 2-hour marathon seemed nearly impossible. Last year, though, Nike completed a multi-year project where it attempted to break that 2-hour barrier. It chose a relatively flat race track in Italy, chose the best runners, and created the perfect shoes for those runners. In preparation for this attempt, special nutrition was developed for each runner, weather conditions were strictly monitored. A pace car (and pacer) were placed in a way to allow the three runners to draft off each other and the pacers. The thought was that if the 2-hour barrier could be broken, this would be the day. In the end, Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya finished the marathon in 2:00:25. While not achieving the goal, he destroyed the standing marathon record. (The Nike Breaking2 marathon was not a world record due to the very controlled environment of the runners.)

Yesterday, Sunday, September 16, Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record at the Berlin Marathon, leaving Kimetto’s record in the past. He average 4:39 per mile over the 26.2 mile course ending in 2:01:39 (yet to be ratified by the governing body), shaving 1:18 off the previous record. This caused me to think about Eliud’s mindset going into the race. Up until last year and the Breaking2 event the fastest he’d ever run a marathon was 2:03:05. BUT, after Breaking2, he knew he could do better. He knew his body could perform better and he had adjusted his mindset, recognizing that a sub-2:00 marathon was possible for him.

What are your mindset blocks?
What have you decided is not possible for you (but really when you think about it could be)?
What would happen in your life if you removed these blocks?
How would your life (personal, family work, etc.) be improved if you chose to have a “growth mindset” (Carol Dweck’s TED Talk)?

Are there members of your team (family) who seem to feel/act like they can’t do what they’ve been asked to do?
What can you do to help them remove their own roadblocks?

For me, it took a leader who showed (and told) me that I would never go anywhere in the organization as long as she had her say in it. She then showed (and helped) me find a better way. She consistently and constantly reminded me of my goal to improve. Over the course of a year, it happened. I changed.

If you find a mindset blocks in your life, you change remove them. You can change and you can help your team change too!

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