As of the writing of this blog, I’ve been running 2 years, 9 months, 26 days and 13 hours. During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to train for and complete three marathons, three half marathons, two cross-country relays and a handful of fun run 5K and 10K races. The reason I run has been addressed in previous blogs.
My latest adventure is scheduled to be an Ultra Marathon, in Big Bend National Park on January 20th.
During my training, I’ve had the chance to be schooled by some great coaches who have provided group and personalized training. The group I have been running with for the past three seasons is call the Oxy “Gen” Morons. The name is funny because we are all an oxymoron in some form or fashion. Our chant “Go Mo!”
So you don’t get any ideas. My times will not qualify me for the Boston Marathon. And, the only way I am getting to the US Olympic Time Trials is if I buy a ticket to watch. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned from my coaches and Runner’s World calendar provided to me last year:
- “The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting forth above average effort.” – Colin Powell
- My runs are more productive when I think about possibilities rather than reliving past mistakes.
- “Fear is probably the thing that limits performance more than anything – the fear of not doing well, of what people will say. You’ve got to acknowledge those fears, then release them” Mark Allen, won six Ironman championships.
- “Running is the greatest metaphor for life because you get out of it what you put into it.” Oprah Winfrey
- “Running affords the perfect integration of body and spirit. It makes for a fullness of life.” – Sister Mario Irvine, the oldest woman to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trials (She was54 when she ran a 2:51 at the Trials in 1984)
- You train your body by running 444 miles so your mind can make it for 26.2 miles
- “Don’t ever accept anyone else’s preconceived limitations. If there is something you want to do, there isn’t any reason you can’t do it.” – Any Dodson, broke the 26.2 mile women’s leg amputee record by 24 minutes, 13 seconds
- You create what you state. Think positive!
- “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.” William Churchill
- “Sport is not about being wrapped up in a cotton wool… sport, like all of life, is about taking risks.” – Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes.