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Old Friend New Motivation

Stuck on cruise control. Going through the motions. The rut as high as the corn on the Fourth of July. However you want to put it, there are times when we all get comfortable and forget how to push things to the next level. I have been satisfied with my marathon training. The weather is getting better, so my times have improved as the temps rise. But I needed a push. I had become complacent.

Then out of Southern Louisiana came a bolt of lightning. An old roommate from my rugby days joined Facebook. Soon came a friend request and a “Like” on my Run 440 plus Facebook page. We exchanged short life stories and spoke of running the Boston Marathon in 2012. I came to find out that he started running in the last 2 years and smoked my fastest marathon time in both of his attempts. Running 3:05 in New York City and 2:59 at the Marti Gras Marathon 2 weeks ago.

This was the push I needed to reevaluate my training habits. To dig deep and push the pace. No excuses. My time is running out. I don’t know how many more marathons I have left and I am not going to waste the opportunities I have in front of me.

I thought of my friend’s times during my speed workout tonight. I hit the track and ran each 800 repeat faster than the one before it. After I was done, I didn’t feel done DONE, so I hit the big hill in town and ran 6 hill repeats. Pushing the pace to to reach the guts out feeling that my legs won’t provide on a flat surface.

I know I am slower than I was 5 years ago, so I have to have the endurance and I won’t get that without hard work. My speed is enough to get me to my goals I just have to have the guts to get there.

I am thankful for the help of a friend. I am hopeful to help those who want to be motivated to do great things. Give your gifts to others so to speak.

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