100 Days!

Discussion in 'Events/Competition' started by cewait, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. cewait

    cewait DIS Veteran

    Mar 3, 2000
    This may shock a few folks but about this time 100 days from now the race will be concluding. There will be thousands of runners back in their room, milling about or otherwise contemplating the morning.

    There will be those who are happy - happy that they made the end, happy that they had a PR, survived the race while suffering a chronic injury that made the day feel long.

    There will be those who are relieved – relieved because they had a late season set of misgivings that called into question their decision to run an event and can now take a deep breath now that they have finished.

    There will be those who are camped out in the med tent – yes injuries can and do occur on race day. Most folks will fall into one of the above camps, but not all.

    There will be those who are energized – energized by the fact that they can now do anything. The power of running a marathon is tremendous. It can and will be a life changing event for many who will spring into a new found life of healthy and fit living.

    There will be those who are sad – sad because the race is now over and there is a loss of purpose in the first days following a big event. Take time now to keep a log of thoughts and feelings. Think about next actions before the race… though do not act until the post race feelings calm down. Having a plan in place in December will help refocus you on a path forward.

    There will be those who are sore – sore in every fiber of their body. All runners will have some soreness, take time to warm down post run and make it a habit. You body will thank you for stretching and the continuous movement post race.

    Finally, there will be those who are disappointed – disappointed because they were injured, ill or otherwise not able to complete the mission. These are the folks who we all tend to forget and ones I want to make sure that you know you are not forgotten. Whether you suffered bad luck, bad food or just could not make it click 100 days from now, you are all still winners. Think about where you were 4 months back and where you are on Sunday January 12. You have made huge strides to getting to the end. Who would have thought a 6 mile run would feel short? You had the courage to start and you are ahead of many of the naysayers who will want to judge you. Do not let them into your head. They are the ones who failed to get off the couch, thought the path too steep or could not commit to the challenge. Hold you head up HIGH. Remember, did not finish is far superior to did not start.

    Most folks are running distances greater than 10 miles now and while tough everytime you add a mile or two, it will seriously get easier with time. Remember, smile and have fun while training. It will help relieve tension in the body and actually make moving a little easier

    Train Hard and Live Clean.
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  3. Ariel484

    Ariel484 DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2011
    Thanks for this post, Coach! :goodvibes The snippet below is my favorite part:

    Personally, I am pretty sure I will be a combination of happy, relieved, sad and sore (ok, I will DEFINITELY be sore :upsidedow). I'm HOPING to be energized and not to be disappointed or camped out in a med tent. Fingers crossed. :thumbsup2
  4. DisneyRunnerGirl

    DisneyRunnerGirl If you see me sitting in a rocking chair, it's bec

    Sep 16, 2009
    As always Charles - an awesome post. I know we can always count on you and your sage advice/thoughts.

    It is great to have this virtual support group. We make these training journeys together though we are physically separated by miles. I think it makes our meetings that much sweeter at our events.
  5. mickeysgal

    mickeysgal <font color=blue>Orange you glad I like Knock Knoc

    Feb 8, 2001
    Thank you for posting this Coach - especially the part about those who tried but couldn't finish - for whatever reason. We all think (or hope) that it won't be us, but you never know what can happen come race day.
  6. ColleenG

    ColleenG DIS Veteran

    May 29, 2005
    Thanks so much for posting this Coach! It is the pep talk I needed.

    I did 17 miles this past weekend and it was HARD! A lot of factors came in to play that made it difficult, some with in my control (should have hydrated and eaten better in the days before) and some out of my control (DH, and that D is not for darling anymore, dropped a bombshell on me a few days before). During the run I really began to question my sanity and whether I could really do 26.2 miles. I've had to reasses my plan in some ways, but I know if I just keep plugging away at it I will get there. Four months ago I couldn't run 17 miles. Last Sunday I did it, it wasn't pretty but I got it done. I added more walk breaks than I would have liked, but I didn't quit!
  7. lerxst

    lerxst Marathoner

    Sep 17, 2012
    Great post. Just great!

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