Andy Jones-Wilkins Grit

How Ultramarathon Runners Develop Grit

By Andy Jones-Wilkins, CTS Ultramarathon Coach Several years ago, I received an out-of-the-blue email from a team of researchers from the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. They had apparently picked up my name from Ultrarunning Magazine and were interested in having me participate in a study on something they were calling Grit. What is …

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The Golden Recipe for Success in Sport, Learning, and Life

By Andy Jones-Wilkins CTS Ultramarathon Coach Last week, at a meeting I attended with an experienced group of educational leaders, the topic of discussion eventually centered in on a very basic essential question: “What three things — skills, attributes, temperaments, whatever — do you want your students to graduate high school with?” The facilitator, knowing …

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5 Things Ultramarathon Runners Should do in the Fall

By Andy Jones-Wilkins CTS Ultramarathon Coach For most ultra runners the arrival of autumn signals the end of a long season.  Perhaps the season has been culminated by a triumphant race finish or the end of an exhausting training cycle.  Whatever the cause, the end of season means the sensible runner looks back and forward …

3 Fixes for Flagging Motivation

By Andy Jones-Wilkins, CTS Coach No matter an athlete’s experience level or talent there are invariably times when motivation wanes, focus is lost, and discipline sidelined.  Many times this is a perfectly normal reaction to training load and can be easily remedied with a bit of time off to regroup and recharge. But what about …