Kurt Philion [philcosfreedomteam]
What is your sport, and what level of commitment do you have to it?
Running, workout 4-5 days a week to a structured program prepared by my running coach.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can get to know more about you or your sports activity?
www.philcosfreedomteam.net is the website to learn more about what we do and why we do it.
How did you get started? Who introduced you to the sport?
I've been into running to stay in shape for other sports in the past. Marathon events was something new to me that my sister got me into in 2005.
Who was the sports idol that impressed you the most as a child? And who impresses you now?
Michael Jordan was my favorite athlete overall to watch.
Now, I'd have to go with Lance Armstrong as the athlete of any calibur that impresses me most.
Do you have a coach/trainer who guides and helps you? What is your relationship with that person like?
I have both actually. My coach prepares my running program and my trainer helps with the cross training and other physical activity that is not running in particular. My relationship with both are great, they know what they're doing and they work with me to make sure I get what needs to be done.
Who have been your best teammates? Why?
My best teammate when it comes to my running would be my team captain, Corey. He is the person who motivates me to keep on going, dispite the fact that he's in Heaven looking down on me. He lost his life in Iraq back in 2006 at the age of 20.
How does your emotional state effect your physical performance?
A lot. When I feel down or not up to doing a workout someday, I think about our military, especially the fallen soldiers that we run in memory of, and what they went through serving our country. You realize that what you're doing by preparing for a marathon event really isn't that tough, and it helps your state of mind tremendously. A positive attitude is needed too.
How has your sport helped your personal growth?
It's helped me stay in shape of course, but more so, it's helped strengthen my mindset. To know I'm doing something I never thought I would in my lifetime is very satisfying.
Which gives more satisfaction: to surpass a rival, or to surpass yourself?
I have no rivals, so I'd have to go with myself. I like to try and break person best times, but even if I don't, I'm still running for a purpose, which makes it all worth while.
What methodology do you use to improve your technique? A special technology?
I do what my coach says. No specal technology, no special method. Just hard work and determination.
There are some who are addicted to the endorphins produced by exercise. Is that a problem?
I do not have that problem.
What other sports or competitions do you follow closely? What magazines or websites do you use to keep up to date?
I follow basketball pretty close. I watch pretty much any type of sport. I use nba.com to stay up to date with my pro basketball, especially the Timberwolves since I'm from Minnesota, I am still a big fan even though they've been struggling. Espn.com is another site I check, otherwise don't really read magazines.
How do you control negative thoughts after a mistake, such as hitting a ball into your own team's goal or getting off to a bad start?
The basic rule to that is, remembering that you can't change the past. Don't dwell on something bad that's happened. It's hard to walk straight without running into something if you're looking backwards. Always stay focused on what's ahead and just learn from your mistakes.
How do you feel the public influences your performance?
At events, they're a huge boost! The crowds cheering when you run by gives you that added energy, the adrenaline to keep on going. You don't get that everyday, that's for sure.
Is it a good thing to have a certain amount of rivalry among members of a team?
It's good to push each other in a positive way. If you're being competative with members of your own team, depending how you react to situations it could be a bad thing. I always like competition with people who know how to act with class in the end. You'll find a lot of classy people when it comes to running. Supportive people every run you go to.
Is it necessary for someone to be the head of a team so that it can reach its full potential?
Leadership is key with anything. If you don't have one person that is really the influence, the key component to keeping a team motivated, it would be tough to keep moving forward.
Have you have suffered any serious injuries? How is morale maintained during recovery?
I've been very fortunate to not have any major injuries throughout my running career. I've encountered some bruising, swelling and blisters that make it tough to walk the next day, but nothing that has kept me down more than a week.
Should technology be used to replace referees in sports events?
That's not a question in regards to running, but I don't think you should take referees out of sports. It's always been part of the game. I mean, without referees, who would people have to blame when they lose? :)
What plans do you have for yourself? What do you want to achieve?
I want to make myself a better person, every day of my life. To become stronger mentally by placing myself around others who want the same thing. I want to keep the memory of our fallen soldiers alive with every step I take in my training and run events.
What advice do you have for those just starting out?
Start out slow, take your time, be patient and most important - have fun! If you're doing something because someone else wants you to or just because, it might not be a good reason to get going. Find a purpose for your self or a cause and go for it. Get a good trainer that will push you at your pace, not theirs. Be positive and ask questions to people who have accomplished the goal that you're setting out to do.
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