an 11-minute mile when I push …t every time I go out and run: I simply lace up the shoes and put in some miles until I feel tired. I still run about an 11-minute mile when I push myself — which is about what I was doing at age 20, 25, and 30. This ain’t Kaizen. It’s just action.
The more sexy approximation of this is Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 hours,” whereby if you’ve been doing any one thing for 10,000 hours, you’ll eventually master it. I believe this is a gross oversimplification, because it sorta implies that you’ll become good at something via the mere act of doing it. Doing something is not nearly the same as improving at something. Improving requires intent, mindfulness and a host of other Eastern doctrines that have been bastardized by yoga studios across the country.