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Go for the Win – The Heather Dorniden Story


Got something a little different for you today.

It started out like any other race…

I recently saw this video on Facebook somewhere and the thread it was on was blowing up. There were over 100 comments on the damn thing.

At first I did not know what the hell the big deal was. Why is everyone so excited about a 600m Race?

When I watched it, it became clear right away.

Check this out, it’s 2.5 minutes long but it’s worth it.

Big 10 Indoor Track Championship Heather Dorniden’s 600m Race

I’m betting there are not a lot of runners that come to my site, but that does not mean there are not some good take-aways here.

To me, this is the perfect example of being a MENTALLY STRONG athlete.

Could you imagine training your ass off for months and then right when your performance mattered the most, something like this happened to you?

It would have been so easy for Heather Dorniden to just roll around on the ground, start moaning about how “it’s not fair,” start blaming the other runners for tripping here, or any other number of excuses.

But instead she got back up on her feet with less than a lap to go and ran her ass off.

So, you need to remember this video. Whether you are doing a competition, a workout, etc – you need to go into it ready to finish even when the worst possible scenario takes place and rips your feet right out from under you.

By the way, even if Dornidan hadn’t won, this would have been an exemplary video of killer mental attitude, because if you watch the video again, immediately upon falling, she righted herself and just started digging for the pack.

She didn’t “jog into it.” She didn’t just “try to finish.”

She got back on her horse and went for the win!

That’s what it’s all about.

I hope you have a fantastic Fourth of July!


I’d love to hear any stories you might have where you or someone you know came back from a huge setback and “Dornidened It” to come back and still do well. Leave a comment below!

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2 Responses to “Go for the Win – The Heather Dorniden Story”

  1. Gregory Jimenez Says:

    I remember when i first saw this video, its things like this that go into my brain for special occasions,when something extra is needed of me, Sure choose your battles but life is about not giving up.

  2. John Says:

    WOW that is HEART! Amazing video! Never quit!

    -Coach Gaglione

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