Six Days

Six Days.  Hard to believe.  World Championships, here we come.

I taught all day yesterday at an Orlando Convention Center.  Doing the same today.  Went to the gym after teaching, but was very tired and compromised with a short, and easy core workout.  Didn’t even break a sweat, that’s how light I went.

Unlike previous years, where I was training madly all the way up to the big event – pushing myself to the limits – I’m trying an opposite approach this time.

My intensity has gradually softened.  The hamstring strain from a few weeks ago is the key driver for this. It’s a blessing in disguise.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

It has forced me to back off.  Backing off means less intensity.  Less intensity might mean a more rested body.

A more rested body might perform better on the world stage.

I sure hope so.  Either way, I am working incredibly hard at the mantra I developed several years ago, after ripping a hamstring for the second consecutive year.

“Stay Healthy.  Have Fun”!

Like everything else in life, “It sure looks good on paper”.

The single most important lesson and motivation through this ten-year journey?

Find out tomorrow.  Until then, carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂


Remembering Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch, author of The Last Lecture, inspired and challenged millions, to revisit their childhood dreams.  Sadly, he died a year ago today.  He had a wife and three children under six years old.  He was 47.

What are some of your childhood dreams?

Any of your childhood dreams worth dusting off and pursuing?

I dreamt of being an Olympian, representing the United States at the ultimate sporting, and sportsmanship, event.

Next Saturday, I fly to Helsinki, Finland to keep that childhood dream alive.

“When you look in the mirror for motivation, do you see a mountain, a rolling hill, or a mole hill”?  — jeff noel

PS.  And, like Randy, I’m not going to Finland for me.


Eight Days until Lane 8 Goes To Finland

Eight days until Lane 8 goes to Finland.

Heading out for one of my final workouts.  Had to watch and listen to this Nike You Tube video (only 62 seconds) – “I’VE GOT SOUL”! Want to get a good jolt?  Crank up you speakers…..

Make it a spectacular day. I am so grateful to be alive and have the privilege to use the gift of our body to tell an impossible story, so that others may be inspired to tell their impossible stories.

Carpe diem, my fellow soul brothers and sisters.  I challenge you to not sell yourself short.  jeff noel, out in Lane 8  🙂


Pioneering Healthier Communities @ Lane 8

Pioneering healthier communities @ Lane 8?   Started ten years ago.

Couple Lane 8 updates:

  1. Thanks for your support @
  2. Nine days until Finland
  3. Taking two days of complete rest
  4. Still apprehensive about the whole thing
  5. Am feeling healthy
  6. Posted a You Tube video about Pioneering Healthier Communities

I love that this pioneering is happening.  Very important work to help people get and stay healthier.

But seriously, I had to question, in a weird sort of way, the use of the word pioneering.

Who am I to talk, eh? My pioneering only started ten years ago.

You know what, I do believe in better late than never.   Carpe diem, jeff noel   🙂


Lane 8 Credentials, Two Lists

Lane 8 FAQ’s:  What is it?  Why are you doing it?  How do you get to go?

Here are two lists of my “credentials”:

  1. Consistently run faster than the USATF All-American Standard of Excellence
  2. Compete at the State & National levels (and do really well)
  3. Figure out how to pay for expenses, time & money, to go to Finland
  4. Have enough guts to do the impossible
  5. Run as fast as USATF establishes as the age group world-class equivalent
  6. Indomitable will
  7. God’s Grace

That is the short list, of the big requirements.  There are other, lesser criteria, but I’ll spare you the details.  But, if you really want to know:

  1. Out work ’em
  2. Run hard
  3. Run far
  4. Stretch
  5. Strength train
  6. Core train
  7. Stay healthy
  8. Repair injuries
  9. Nutrition
  10. Rest
  11. Continuous Improvement
  12. Inspiration
  13. Balance
  14. Family Involvement
  15. Commitment
  16. Tenacity
  17. Perseverance
  18. Pray

There.  Any questions?  Carpe diem, jeff noel, out in Lane 8  🙂