A Little Inspiration,

Curtesy of Ryan Hall. Thanks to coach and NA for forwarding these links in such timely fashion :)

Words of Wisdom: "With one week to go before Marathon Monday the challenging aspects of training shift from the physical to the mental. Anyone who has run a marathon knows how long (mentally) that last week can be. All the physical training is done. The only physical benefits to be gained come from resting and eating well over the next week. Crushing last minute workouts have no place in these final days. However, there is still time to prepare the heart. A heart that is free from all worries, completely trusting in your abilities.

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So often there is the temptation to over think race strategy. We want to have an exact race plan that will be carried out exactly how we have visualized it. It's not that planning is bad, one should be prepared for whatever lies ahead, however there comes a point where we are over analyzing and putting more confidence in having to execute the perfect race strategy then trusting in our ability to respond to whatever is thrown our way. Freedom, in terms of a free-flowing race strategy, can be scary. It's scary because we have to let go of control. However, the benefits of freedom are great. It allows flexibility, an open mind, an open vision, an open heart to whatever the day may hold. It gives us the opportunity to receive the moment to the fullest whether or not it is the perfect race day or pouring rain. I encourage you to let go and run free and run like you can't fail!"

And Because Fast Boys in Short Shorts are always motivational: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcUmGzciPfo

3 comments:

Viper said...

Have a good race Monday. Looking forward to the race report. Run well and drink well. Cheers!

runsinthefamily said...

Thank you so much for this post! I'm running Boston also, and your blog is so inspirational to me. I quoted this on my blog, giving you total credit, I hope that's okay! Good luck at Boston!!

Jodi H said...

I just stumbled across your blog from runsinthefamilys blog and I realized after reading many of your blog posts that you must be from the Cleveland area. I too raun the Reindeer Run 5K (and I know I cheered you on when you passed me heading back in the lead of the Reindeer run...I remember thinking to myself wow she is fast. I was just approaching the 2 mile mark and you were already almost done!)as well as the Mill Creek 1/2 Marathon Classic. Good luck at Boston. You will be great!