A Page From Alan Webb's Training Log

Webb pictured winning the Bowerman Mile in 2004 by 3 seconds in 3:50.85

Webb pictured winning the Bowerman Mile in 2004 by 3 seconds in 3:50.85

In 2004 Alan won the Bowerman Mile at the Pre Classic and made his first (and only) Olympic team ever, in the 1500m, winning the US Olympic trials in 3:36. 

The training he went through that season was fantastic. It might have been his finest body of work in an 11-month stretch during his career. 

But tucked away unassuming in the heart of his 2004 log is an introspective quote he took the time to write word for word.

The page on which it rests is earmarked and well worn, suggesting Alan referred to it often that year. 

Seeing a quote in Alan's log is actually quite rare.

Mostly his logs were simply a record of physical activity performed for training each day. I've poured over all of his logs from 2003 to 2014 and have only come upon three quotes in the hundreds of pages of meticulous notes he kept.

The passage he copied down comes from Chapter 17 in Once A Runner

Cassidy very early on understood that a true runner ran even when he didn’t feel like it, and raced when he was supposed to, without excuses and with nothing held back. He ran to win, would die in the process if necessary, and was unimpressed by those who disavowed such a base motivation.

And when looking back on Alan's career on the track, it is easy to tell that he took those words to heart.


Thanks for reading. I'm glad you're here. // jm 

Jonathan Marcus