The big weekend is finally here....I am gonna be running my first ever 26.2 this coming Sunday...and I am extremely extremely excited!!
Amit Bhai sent me the following inspirational quotes and I just love 'em all!!
"Divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart"
-Mike Fanelli, club coach
"The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy...It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed."
- Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ
"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired...You've always got to make the mind take over and keep going."
- George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian
And lastly....both his and my favorite!!
"You can quit and no one will ever know about it but YOU will ALWAYS know"
- The Blazeman aka Warrior Poet
Coach Amy also advised that I have index cards with some of my own personal key phrases written - and I have those ready as well!
"Start Easy....Finish Strong"
"I am WELL TRAINED and READY for this"
and of course....
"I can SO do this on my hands!!!" :)
Thanks to all of you for your emails, gifts and well-wishes!!
A special special thanks to Coach Amy for being such an inspiration and an awesome cheerleader!! :)