The Secret Behind Boris Berian’s Speed

The Secret Behind Boris Berian’s Speed

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Every pro runner dreams of being one of the greats — of leaving their permanent mark on the record books and taking home hardware. But while every runner shares these dreams, only the very best can make it happen.

What does it really take to be the best? Talent isn’t enough. Elite coaching isn’t enough. The strictest training isn’t enough. There has to be something else – something powerful that drives you.

You have to believe. Believe that running is what you were put on this earth to do. Believe that this is your destiny. And you have to hold on to that belief no matter how many obstacles life throws in your path.

Boris Berian has this belief. And when he found himself working at a fast food restaurant without a team or a coach and training alone after his shifts, it was all he had to hold onto.

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“I didn’t have anybody pushing me, anybody giving me positive energy,” Boris said. “It was all just discipline from myself. I had workouts that I had saved from college, so I based my training on that and did everything on my own.”

As an athlete who thrives on seeing positive energy and positive progress, Boris found this harsh reality difficult to accept.

“I didn’t know for sure what I could do, so sometimes I was thinking ‘what if I can’t get myself to that level? What if this was all just a waste of time?’ Some days were really tough like that, but I told myself I still have to try. I can’t just give up.”

Stuck in an impossible situation, Boris refused to accept that his career was over. Running was it for him, and he couldn’t walk away.

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“I had a feeling deep in my gut,” Boris said. “I couldn’t give up running just yet. All through high school, my coaches got me to a pretty good level and it completely surprised me. My first year in college, I had another huge breakout, and knowing what I could do if I really pushed myself…I kept on holding onto that.”

The crazy thing about belief? It’s contagious. The coaches of Big Bear Track Club, based in California, had noticed Boris’ collegiate career and were curious where the 800m phenom had been hiding. So they came calling.

“It was a huge relief,” Boris said. “Back then, I didn’t know there were as many running groups as there are. That’s why I never really reached out to anyone. So when there was a coach and team that were interested in me, I was really excited and really relieved.”

For Boris, being back on a team instantly returned joy to the sport he loved.

Live At New Balance Nationals

Live At New Balance Nationals

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Thursday, March 8

Did you know that more records have been set on The Armory’s track than any other track in the world?

A historic venue, a beautiful city, the most talented high school runners in the world — what more could you ask for? The stage is set for another historic weekend here in New York as The 2018 New Balance Nationals Indoor gets underway.

With athletes like Arria Minor, a top overall sprinter who will be competing in the 200m and 400m, Lanae-Tava Thomas, the number one female long jump athlete, and Brendon Stewart, the top ranked male in the 60m — the battle to be named an All-American will be intense and plenty of new records will be set.

Make sure to follow along with this blog and on our social channels all weekend long for up-to-date content and photo slideshows.

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And if you’re at The Armory competing or cheering racers on this weekend, stop by our Eastbay Experience near the awards area to learn more about us, check out some great New Balance gear, and pick up some Eastbay swag. Best of luck to all competing this weekend!

 


Friday, March 9

As our team arrived at The Armory this morning and made our way to the Eastbay Experience to set up for the day ahead, you could feel the excitement in the air.

NSAF and New Balance staff members made the final touches to the track and the set-up surrounding it as the early arrivers for the morning events began to check in on the first floor. By 9 AM, all systems were a go in the historic Armory building, signified by the firing of the starting pistol and the thunderous noise of runners on the track.

 

Check out our slideshow of Friday’s action below:

Carl Lewis: Passing The Baton

Carl Lewis: Passing The Baton

What does it mean to be a champion? Is it defined by the number of races won, the medals earned, the times left in the record books? Or is it something else entirely?

Carl Lewis is a 10-time Olympic medalist, eight-time World Champion, and one of the best to ever compete. But he’s also more than that. He’s an icon who professionalized track & field and a mentor who works tirelessly with the next generation of athletes to ensure the sport’s advancement. His extraordinary impact on track & field is the true mark of a champion. For Carl Lewis, the future is his legacy.

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Lewis began competing in track through AAU during the late 1960s, and his family played a major role. With many relatives who were Olympic and collegiate-level athletes, his parents became his first coaches and older siblings became his role models.

“Looking back on it,” Lewis said, “I think the best thing about my career when I was growing up is that we were always together. All my friends ran track and my parents were coaches of the team, and other parents were volunteers. AAU Track & Field is a family affair. It gives a tremendous opportunity that no other country in the world has. Part of the reason we’re so good is because our AAU system gives kids the opportunity to compete at every age level.”

Lewis took full advantage of that opportunity. For him, track was more than a hobby. It was his passion. His life. His dream. And as his jumps got longer and his race times grew faster, the world started to take notice.

“There were layers to it,” Lewis explained. “I went from, ‘hey, I could make the Olympic team,’ to, ‘I’m the best in the world,’ to, ‘I could change everything.’”

 

Jean Bell: A Coach, A Mentor, & A Friend

Jean Bell: A Coach, A Mentor, & A Friend

Think back to your days as an athlete, did you have a coach who inspired you? Who pushed you past your limits and made you stronger? Well Coach Jean Bell is just that person and coach to her female athletes at her track club, Jeuness in Brooklyn NY. We got a chance to sit down with Bell and learn how her role in these athletes’ lives extends way beyond the track.

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Making A Difference: Coach Bell with the Sheppard Sisters (Photo Courtesy of Coach Jean Bell)

Bell has recently made headlines for helping and inspiring three young homeless women who run for her — the Sheppard sisters. They competed at the AAU Junior Olympics the past couple of years and have all won medals in their events, including this year when they helped take home gold in the 4×800. With the help of Bell, and a GoFundMe account, these girls were able to get to Texas for the AAU Junior Olympics and showcase their skills.

But Coach Bell’s devotion to her athletes extends far beyond the Sheppard sisters. As a former track athlete herself, Bell saw an opportunity to open a track club that could empower girls in the Brooklyn area, so she founded ‘Jeuness.’

New Balance Nationals Indoor 2017: Are You Ready?

New Balance Nationals Indoor 2017: Are You Ready?

When you toe the line at The Armory in New York City, you do so alongside the greatest high school runners in the nation. Your jumps need to be higher and longer than ever before, and you need power behind every throw. You need to be the best.

Athletes like Sydney McLaughlin, Olympic hurdler in her senior year at Union Catholic High School, and DJ Principe, who continues to flirt with the sub-four-minute mile, will be battling for the title of All-American.

Who will come out on top?

At Eastbay, we’re not just dedicated to helping you prepare for greatness, we’re dedicated to helping you see it through. That’s why we’re proud to be part of New Balance Nationals, cheering you on trackside as you pursue your goals.

If you’re at The Armory competing this weekend, stop by our Eastbay Experience near the awards area to learn more about us, grab some great New Balance gear, and fill us in on your journey to New Balance Nationals. Good luck this weekend! We can’t wait to hear your stories.