From an early age, my coach used very much faster tempo training over shorter distances, building up resistance to the type of fatigue generated in race conditions. Nevertheless, because of the times I was achieving, the general expectation among other parents and coaches was that I must be running 60-100 miles per week. I remember standing by the side of the athletics track on one occasion when one of the other fathers came up and said: "You're killing him." My dad just looked at the guy coldly and said: "Yes, yes, I'm killing him – right the way to the top."
- exerpt from a new book by Sebastian Coe, winner of 4 Olympic medals and multiple world record holder. Coe's book, called The Winning Mind, is dedicated to his coach who recently passed away, and also happened to be his father.