We discuss Peter Gilmore’s career-defining lesson from running in Kenya, his patient and persistent approach to training, and his relentless pursuit to close the gaps between him and his competitors.
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“For whatever reason, I had some ability that was a little bit better than average at being able to put all my eggs into that basket and deliver on a consistent basis.” --Peter Gilmore
Admiration flows out effortlessly when a person’s success results from their work ethic, perspective, and consistent application.
In this conversation, you’ll hear about Peter Gilmore’s career-defining lesson from running in Kenya, his patient and persistent approach to training, and his relentless pursuit to close the gaps between him and his competitors.
(2:50) Early days of tagging along with a running mom…
(6:27) Making sports fun, and other ways to incentivize young athletes…
(11:46) Peter’s rise in running in high school and college…
(14:21) “I was super driven. Nobody was going to outwork me. Nobody was going to be more into it than I was. I had an endless well of enthusiasm for the sport, for training, for racing, and for setting goals.”
(15:06) The story about Kenya… “I'd go for a run. There'd be, no joke, like a hundred kids running next to me.”
(20:27) Biggest takeaway from Kenyan experience… “You could work a hell of a lot harder than you thought you could and still not burn out, if you did it smart.”
(24:17) The impact of the internet on developing runners…
(28:36) “It's kind of the compounding effect of all the years of being consistent and just not screwing up. It's iterative too because you're always gonna have to make adjustments along the way.”
(29:28) “Hamilton’s” insight on staying in your own lane…
(31:29) Jon’s observations on the central themes of Peter’s running career…
(34:33) Bryan shares Peter's indirect role in his running success…
(39:34) Competition versus the individual race…
(42:50) Going all in… “...if you made good decisions, but the result was bad, it doesn't necessarily mean the decision was bad.”
(44:50) A funny masters running story…
(48:47) What does Go Be More mean to you? “Not being afraid to be different in either the way you do things, or the way you think about things, or the way you express yourself, to get to achieve it… I think being more is, is being more about being who you are.”
If you liked this episode, check out our interviews with author and runner Toby Tanser and Olympic marathoner Abdi Abdirahman.
Recorded February 22, 2021.
More Fire: How to Run the Kenyan Way by Toby Tanser - Amazon
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