Telos

τέλος, ONE’S ULTIMATE & INHERENT PURPOSE; AN END GOAL; WHAT A THING IS MADE FOR; THE POINT OF IT ALL.
THE FUNDAMENTAL PLACE THAT WE COME FROM IS OUR PURPOSE. IT IS THE CORE OF WHO WE ARE AS AN INDIVIDUAL & WHO WE ARE WORKING TO BECOME. WE BELIEVE THAT ONE MUST KNOW THEIR PURPOSE IN ORDER TO FULLY & EFFECTIVELY DO THE WORK. IN ORDER FOR THE SUFFERING TO BE WORTH THE EFFORT, THE ATHLETE MUST SEE THEIR RUNNING AS A PATH WITH HEART.


What Does the race require?

AT TELOS RUNNING, THIS QUESTION IS A PHILOSOPHY FOR LIFE. WHAT DOES EACH REPETITION, EACH MILE, EACH SESSION, EACH WEEK, EACH MONTH, EACH TRAINING CYCLE REQUIRE TO BE PREPARED FOR THE ULTIMATE GOAL? THIS QUESTION CREATES A DEEPER CONSIDERATION, A DEEPER QUESTIONING OF OUR INTENT. WHAT SKILL, FITNESS, EXPERIENCE, MINDSET, COMMITMENT IS NECESSARY TO REACH OUR GOAL? THE TRAINING MUST CONSIDER ALL OF THIS & PREPARE THE ATHLETE FOR WHAT THEY WILL EXPERIENCE IN THE RACE ITSELF.


THE PACK

“THERE IS A FORMULA. 1% OF ME IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE WHOLE OF THE TEAM.” - ELIUD KIPCHOGE

ELIUD KIPCHOGE IS THE GREATEST RUNNER IN THE WORLD, YET HE ACCOUNTS FOR HIS SUCCESS IN THE LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT OF HIS TEAM. EACH INDIVIDUAL BRINGS THEIR UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE & SKILLSET TO CREATE A UNSHAKABLE, COMMITTED UNIT. RIDE OR DIE; COME HELL OR HIGH WATER.


Antifragile

ANTIFRAGILE IS DEFINED BY NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB IN HIS BOOK OF THE SAME NAME AS "SOME THINGS BENEFIT FROM SHOCKS; THEY THRIVE & GROW WHEN EXPOSED TO VOLATILITY, RANDOMNESS, DISORDER, & STRESSORS & LOVE ADVENTURE, RISK, & UNCERTAINTY. YET, IN SPITE OF THE UBIQUITY OF THE PHENOMENON, THERE IS NO WORD FOR THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF FRAGILE. LET US CALL IT ANTIFRAGILE. ANTIFRAGILITY IS BEYOND RESILIENCE OR ROBUSTNESS. THE RESILIENT RESIST SHOCKS & STAYS THE SAME; THE ANTIFRAGILE GETS BETTER.”


command performance

WE BELIEVE THERE ARE RESULTS OR THERE ARE REASONS. WE FULLY ACCEPT THAT WHEN WE STAND ON THE STARTING LINE WE ARE COMMITTING TO BATTLE: WITH THE COMPETITION, WITH THE COURSE, WITH THE CONDITIONS &, MOST IMPORTANTLY, WITH OURSELVES. OUR TRAINING IS DESIGNED & DEDICATED TO GETTING OUR ATHLETES READY FOR ONE BIG RACE ON ONE BIG DAY.


#ATWTFI

ALL THE WAY THE FUCK IN. COMPLETE & TOTAL COMMITMENT. IT IS OUR OPINION THAT THE NEXT LEVEL SHIT ONLY HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE FULLY FOCUSED & COMMITTED TO YOUR PURPOSE & YOUR PATH. THIS REQUIRES EVERYTHING. ALL MASTERY DEMANDS ONE’S FULL MEASURE, AT TELOS RUNNING WE ASK YOU TO BRING THAT FULL MEASURE EVERY DAMN DAY.


FROM SCRATCH

OUR TRAINING IS DESIGNED FOR ANY RUNNER WHO COMMITS TO THE PLAN & BELIEVES IN THE PROCESS. THERE IS NO ELITISM AT TELOS RUNNING, WE BELIEVE THAT ATHLETES ARE MADE. TALENT IS IRRELEVANT HERE, WE WANT COMMITMENT. THESE GROUPS ARE ABOUT BUILDING FROM SCRATCH, FROM THE GROUND UP. IT IS FOR ATHLETES WHO HAVE BUILT THEMSELVES INTO THE ATHLETE THEY ARE THROUGH THE BLOOD & THE SWEAT & THE TEARS.


A PATH WITH HEART

AS DESCRIBED BY CARLOS CASTANEDA IN THE TEACHINGS OF DON JUAN: A YAQUI WAY OF KNOWLEDGE: “THIS QUESTION IS ONE THAT ONLY A VERY OLD MAN ASKS. DOES THIS PATH HAVE A HEART? ALL PATHS ARE THE SAME; THEY LEAD NOWHERE. THEY ARE PATHS GOING THROUGH THE BUSH, OR INTO THE BUSH. IN MY OWN LIFE I COULD SAY THAT I HAVE TRAVERSED LONG LONG PATHS, BUT I AM NOT ANYWHERE. DOES THIS PATH HAVE A HEART? IF IT DOES, THE PATH IS GOOD; IF IT DOESN’T, IT IS OF NO USE. BOTH PATHS LEAD NOWHERE; BUT ONE HAS A HEART, THE OTHER DOESN’T. ONE MAKES FOR A JOYFUL JOURNEY; AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW IT, YOUR ARE ONE WITH IT. THE OTHER WILL MAKE YOU CURSE YOUR LIFE. ONE MAKES YOU STRONG; THE OTHER WEAKENS YOU. “


RUNNING IS MAGIC

FROM ANCIENT WISDOM TO MODERN SCIENCE, RUNNING HAS BEEN ONE OF THE HUMAN SPECIES’ GUIDES TO THE SECRET POWER OF THE UNIVERSE. WHEN RUNNING, WE BELIEVE THAT THE ATHLETE IS TAPPING INTO A PRIMORDIAL URGE: TO SURVIVE. WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH MAGICAL THINKING THIS ACT OF SURVIVAL IS ELEVATED TO ART. WE ARE CAPABLE OF SO MUCH MORE IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO DEFY CONVENTION & USE THE ENERGY & POWER THAT IS OUR INHERITANCE. WE ARE DEDICATED TO PUSHING TO THE EDGE & FINDING A WAY TO TRANSCEND OUR PERCEIVED LIMITS. AS BEETHOVEN SAID: “DON’T ONLY PRACTICE YOUR ART, BUT FORCE YOUR WAY INTO ITS SECRETS, FOR IT & KNOWLEDGE CAN RAISE MEN TO THE DIVINE.”