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A Column By David McNeill

All the latest articles by world class runner, 2 X Olympian, NCAA All-American, 2010 NCAA indoor and outdoor 5000m champion, and RT columnist, David McNeill.

PB’s –

Event Result Venue Date
800m 1:50.81 Sacramento (USA) 16.05.2008
1500m 3:42.06 Lapinlahti (FIN) 19.07.2015
Mile 4:00.71 St. Louis (USA) 05.06.2014
Mile ind. 4:10.14 Bozeman (USA) 27.02.2010
3000m 7:51.11 Berlin (GER) 03.09.2016
3000m ind. 8:06.18 Fayetteville (USA) 15.03.2008
5000m 13:18.60 Heusden-Zolder (BEL) 07.07.2012
5000m ind. 13:36.41 Fayetteville (USA) 12.03.2010
10,000m 27:45.01 Palo Alto (USA) 02.05.2015
10 km Road 28:39 Manchester (GBR) 22.05.2016
Keeping an Even Keel | Riding the Waves of Success and Disappointment Over two consecutive weekends in February, I won two races. It’s been a while since I experienced back-to-back success like that. The successes I had over the previous four years were fewer and farther apart. And even now,...
A quick warning to those who are about to read (or think they want to read): this is a long and boring account of the lessons I’ve learnt in running over the past six months. I apologize if you were looking for some entertaining stories, but if you don’t...
Two weeks ago, I got sick. Debilitatingly and uncomfortably sick. I don't know what it was, but I couldn't eat or get out of bed for four days. On the fourth day, I did get out of bed though. I had a race scheduled. Never mind having not run...
What can we learn from runners about “getting better”? A Column By David McNeill Betterment. It’s a virtue that defines what a competitive runner strives for with every training endeavour: to be better. But it’s also a virtue that defines almost every aspect of our lives. Being a better parent....
Teamwork and Social Capital: A Column By David McNeill Originally Published 8/11/2016 Runner's Tribe As I sometimes do on solo runs when motivation is lacking, I plug in my headphones as I head out the door, and listen to a podcast. Last week, I listened to an illuminating discussion about the...
David McNeill took a big step in securing his selection for Rio 2016 by running a 10,000m qualifying time at the Payton Jordan Invite in May 2015 with a time of 27:45.01. Later that year he confirmed his selection by winning the Zatopek:10 (Australian National 10km Championship) in December....
How do we measure success? | A Column by David McNeill Last weekend, I decided to call it quits on season: 2015. The human body is a lot like a computer: leave too many applications open at once for too long, and everything stops working as efficiently. The hard drive...
When I first ventured to the US back in 2007 to take up an athletic scholarship, there were a number of cultural peculiarities foreign to this skinny little runner from Melbourne. The first was the prominence of tattoos. Everyone had them - all my teammates, and all the kids...
The modern technological age - first the Internet, and more recently, the advent of social media - has made everyone an expert at just about anything imaginable. Us runners, or at least the obsessive-compulsive variety, are a particularly curious breed of expertise-seekers. We want to know what, when, and...
Don’t Skimp on the Hills | A Runner’s Tribe Column by David McNeill When searching for company for my day-to-day runs during the week, often one of the barriers between running with someone and running alone is the choice of location. Most of the time, I don’t mind driving to...