Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Last Chance Giveaway, Mantras, and Time to Focus!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter the Kara Goucher Book Giveaway!  I have my work cut out for me tonight as I read through all of your fabulous comments and decide who will be in the final drawing!  I've loved skimming through your thoughtful and reflective comments.  I'm excited to see who wins!  I hope to choose a winner to announce by tomorrow morning but it might take me a bit longer.

  • I'm still reading through your comments about fuel, mantras and hydration during the marathon.  Some EXCELLENT advice there.  I'm loving so much of it. One that I keep telling myself today is the mantra from Maia from Reasons 2 Run: "You've trained for this". And Britt's words have really stuck with me too:

Your legs are ready for this! You could run a 3:15 in your sleep! You told me something before my last half that really inspired me, to "just enjoy being fast". BEST ADVICE EVER! At my race on Saturday I kept telling myself when the race felt difficult to "define myself". Weird, yes. But it made me make the choice to define myself as a runner who pushes through discomfort rather then throwing in the towel.

I am really excited for you. This is going to be an amazing experience and return to marathoning for you. And to know that you have your little ones there to cheer you on, now that is heart warming!

  • All of the advice and comments on this last post are worth reading through if you have a marathon or race coming up!  Some great words of wisdom and encouragement! 
  • I'm really thankful that my "vent" or processing of thoughts last night was well received. Thankful for your stories and words of understanding. I'm now focused on what I should have been focusing on all Saturday Marathon!  
  • During quiet time with my daughter today, we will be tapping into our creative energy and digging up some pre marathon mojo by doing a little marathon vision collage art in our Journals!  :)  
Thanks again for all your support!  Happy Wednesday!  How will you "Define Yourself" today?


  1. Your kids are so lucky to have such an incredible mom. :) They will have so many beautiful memories of spending quality time with you reflecting and making collages. You're just an awesome mom AND an amazing runner. Thinking of you and wishing you the BEST -- although you don't need it.

  2. How do I define myself.. Well I let out a scream like a little girl this morning when I went for my swim. It was FREEZING and I was afraid to complain.... again. Come to find out it was 76degrees! I define myself as unstoppable! Wooott!!!

  3. You're going to do amazing in your race. So excited for you.
    I agree with what Britt said- you shoudl really enjoy being fast. You are fast, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. You are stinkin' fast and you should be proud, confident and relaxed. Breathe deep at that starting line and take it all in.
    Did you decide if you're going to wear a hydration belt? Are you wearing music??

  4. Just a few days away! You're going to do great! Can't wait to read about it. Good luck! And remember...

    'Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, an hour, a day, or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take it's place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever' - Lance Armstrong.

  5. That question today about how I define myself - so timely. I was shopping (groceries - boring) and decided to treat myself. The things I bought? A couple of novels and some bowl scrapers (for baking because I let my electric mixer chew up my other one) and as I walked to the car I thought to myself that I should have bought something for running and my purchases for the day would have been me in a nutshell - a mother (the groceries), a voracious reader, a baker and a runner.

  6. Hmmm how do I define myself. Stubborn, determined, funny, lover of life.

    Also I am very short. But think I am like 6'3".

    Good luck in your race, you are going to rock it.

  7. Hmm how do I define myself? That's an interesting question and I think I will have to get back to you on that. I am so excited to catch up on all your posts! I gave you a shout out on my blog to try to help with the voting!

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