Saturday, October 27, 2012

Countdown to Raceday (1 Day!)


Distance running is basically a solo sport. Most runners train alone the majority of the time. In general, runners join clubs rather than teams. And on race day, a runners performance depends 100% on them. But, while we are all participants in a solo sport, runners enjoy a strong sense of community! Many of us spend a substantial amount of time connecting to, encouraging and seeking encouragement from the words of other runners. Then, on race day, during speedwork or on a long run, when the pain comes, we look to those words to give us the strength and encouragement we need to keep pushing forward.

Some runners quote the bible. Some look to song lyrics or poetry. Some use inspirational quotes from other runners or famous wise men. Today I would like to share with you some of the powerful words I will be using as mantras to help me push through the pain and hopefully have a great race!

"It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights."
           ~2 Samuel 22:33-34

"This is what you came for"  ~Scott Jurek

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us"  ~Hebrews 12:1

"If you can walk you can run"  ~Scott Jurek 

These will be my mantras for tomorrow. One for each quarter of the race. They have carried me through long hard workouts. They have given me the strength, courage and inspiration to carry on when there was nothing left in the tank. Tomorrow, they will help carry me through 27 miles of wet muddy trails in the cold rain. On this last day of race preparation I am thankful for powerful words that can give you  the strength to keep pushing when you feel physically and mentally destroyed!  


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