Marathon Week motivation for your Thursday.

Anne sent me this quote this morning. It's from a Nike ad, which doesn't surprise me because Nike running ads rule. And actually, now that I do a little research, I see I've posted this on my blog before. I got it from Anne that time, too. Obviously this is a sign. We're awesome. Duh. I blew it up, printed it out, and now it's hanging in my office. I will read it every day. Particularly days like today, when I stayed in bed instead of going out to run in the dark. Because I'm a wimp.

Happy Marathon Week! Now go drink some water...

“You pretended the snooze button didn’t exist. You dragged your butt out of bed while others slept. While others ate their pancakes, you had a feast of protein, glucose and electrolytes. You double-knotted. You left the porch light on and locked the door behind you. You ran. 5ks, 10ks, 26.2 miles. Some days more, some days less. You rewarded a long run with a short run. And a short run with a long run. Rain tried to slow you. Sun tried to microwave you. Snow made you feel like a warrior. You cramped. You bonked. You paid no mind to comfort. On weekends. On holidays. You made excuses to keep going. Questioned yourself. Played mind games. Put your heart before your knees. Listened to your breathing. Sweat sunscreen into your eyes. Worked on your farmer’s tan. You hit the wall. You went through it. You decided to be a man about it. You decided to be a woman about it. Finished what you started. Proved what you were made of. Just kept putting mile after mile on your internal odometer. How much farther will you go? As far as you can.”