Star distance runner visits Monta Vista track and field team
If running is a sport full of life lessons, as Monta Vista High track and field coach Kyle Flatow believes, then veteran distance runner Josh Cox, the American record holder for 50,000 meters, has a lot of knowledge to share.
Cox, a three-time USA track and field team member who met Flatow prior to the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon in Phoenix last January, was in Cupertino on April 6 to meet with the Monta Vista boys and girls track teams.
I heard him speak two days before the marathon and thought that he was an incredibly charismatic guy that the kids would relate to, Flatow said about Cox, who won the Arizona marathon in a time that qualified him for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials.
Also, Flatow identified the opportunity as a way to put into action a concept that had been reverberating in his mind for some time.
Monta Vista considers the athletic fields to be extensions of the classroom, the coach said, recalling his first meeting with principal April Scott. That was the first thing she said to me, and I have tried to take her words to heart.
Appropriately, Cox first addressed the Monta Vista team in a classroom, sharing stories about his career as well as advice and tips about running and training. Later, on the track, Cox took the Matadors through some drills and shared some more.
His talk was great, and the kids were riveted, Flatow said. Very importantly, Josh related the Advertisement effort that an athlete puts into becoming a better runner to the effort that anyone must commit to in order to be an expert at anything in life. Then, at the track, he reinforced that point, saying hard work and dedication lead to success, not only in running, but in life.
A day later, some of Monta Vista's distance runners discussed with their coach which parts of Cox's talk resonated with them.
I liked when Josh talked about learning to embrace the pain of racing, and that how when he was in high school the pain of a race could be so overwhelming that he would think about tripping himself just so he could, junior Michael Lu said.
He talked about making deposits, senior Jonathan Yee said, that when you work hard in practice, you are making a deposit of effort and you are building strength that you get to withdraw from later on race day.
Junior Neha Jammu said her new slogan was going to be, If I don't believe in myself, no one else will.
I liked that he said that race day is a celebration, freshman Bridget Gottlieb said.