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Motivate Monday #17

It’s getting towards the time for planning out goals for 2014.

Half marathon – check

Full marathon – check

Ultra – hmmm, not sure. Fear of failure is an issue…

OCR – maybe, but possibility of injury (and electrocution) is holding me back…

More 5k races – perhaps, but they seem redundant when marathon training…

Or…
Let my spirit win and do them all?
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Drop my pride and embrace the fear of failure to spur me to new challenges;
Take a gamble, risk possible injury for a bigger reward – the satisfaction of new experiences and conquering another unknown;
Leave reason behind and run shorter races because they’re fun, social and more carefree, instead of rejecting them in favour of big mileage.

I think 2014 is going to have more spirit. Guess I’d better start planning some races!

Who else is thinking of taking on a new challenge and letting their Spirit win?
 
Happy running everyone!

Bernie

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Inspire me Wednesday #16 : Ultrarunning. And blind.

I don’t know what inspires me the most – a blind man doing ultras, or Charlie the selfless guide who runs them with him.

Either way this serves as a reminder that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to, regardless of ability level. All it requires is the courage to take the first step…

Happy running everyone!

Bernie

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Motivate Monday #16

I find this statement from John “The Penguin” Bingham to be a real truth of running and a great motivation for every runner regardless of speed, distance or experience.
Anyone can run, and can run for whatever reason they want. It doesn’t have to be about medals or PBs – these are just the perks of enjoying your running and taking on the challenge – it only has to be about the run.

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Bernie

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Inspire me Wednesday #15 : How awkward…

OK, this week’s ‘Inspire me Wednesday‘ takes the form of parody and a lighter look at running, and our running-form foibles.

The YouTube comments section on this video seems to have a fair bit of banter going on, from people thinking it is hilarious to the odd person getting offended about people who think it is cruel to make fun of people and their running form. I don’t see it that way. This is runners making fun of ourselves! We need to be able to laugh at ourselves. I mean, half the population already think we’re crazy for lacing up and going running in the rain/heat/snow/dark/cold/desert/traffic because we want to, so let’s relax and just take it in our stride (pun intended).

Beginner, novice or hardened racer we’ve all had times where we run/ran awkwardly. I was beaten in the Athens marathon by an over-65 gentleman who had a stride that looked like it would be hard to get to the corner, let alone through 26.2 miles, but it worked for him. I’m pretty sure I was doing the ‘T-1000‘ for years until I relaxed and realised that looking like you’re sprinting when you’re pushing out 6min kms is hilarious for others but does very little for your running, and I know I’ve been the ‘Flightless Bird‘ near the end of some long runs! I just hope I’m never ‘The Geezer’!

So, sit back, have a laugh, and see if you can relate to any of these!

Hopefully you’ve had a laugh, and who knows, if you’ve been inspired to check out your form, here’s a couple of articles which are more serious about the subject:

Fixing Your Form A Half Mile At A Time – running.competitor.com

The Five Most Common Running Form Mistakes – running.competitor.com

The Perfect Form – runnersworld.com

Happy running everyone!

Bernie

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Motivate Monday #15

Whether it’s the last mile of a marathon, or just getting to the next street light.

Just. Keep. Going.

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Bernie

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Inspire me Wednesday #14 : Winter Vinecki

This weeks ‘Inspire me Wednesday‘ is courtesy of young athlete Winter Vinecki. Winter has recently entered the record books for being the youngest person to complete a marathon on all 7 continents, aged 14 no less!

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Winter was 9 years old (and already doing Olympic distance triathlon) when she sadly lost her father to cancer.

5 years on she has raised nearly $1million for cancer research through her charity while undertaking her amazing feat of a marathon on all 7 continents. And she’s not stopping there…

I find it truly inspiring seeing young people taking such huge steps to develop themselves and to help others. It should be noted that her mum has done each of the marathons with her. I guess it’s no surprise that with this level of familial strength and support that Winter has been able to develop into the person she is.

Here is the link to the Runner’s World Article.

Happy running everyone!

Bernie

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Motivate Monday #14

If you lace up and go out that door, it means you’re a runner.

It’s not about how far or fast, it’s the fact you went that counts!

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Bernie

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Motivate Monday! #13

Some wise words from Steve Prefontaine to motivate your monday.

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So don’t look to see where the road ends, just take that first step and Get Going!

Happy running everyone!

Bernie

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Inspire me Wednesday #13

Ryan Hall, one of America’s premier marathoners may have missed the NYC marathon last weekend due to injury, but that doesn’t mean his talents can’t be inspiring for us all.

Especially when ASICS set up a treadmill so that us mere mortals can get a taste of what it’s like to run as fast as Hall, even if it is only for a few hundred yards. Hall of course keeps it up for 26.2 miles…

We may never be able to run as fast as Ryan Hall. We may never even want to. But geez it is inspiring to see what people can achieve with some lucky genes and lots and lots of hard work, unyielding determination and the will to be the best they can be.

Happy running everyone!

Bernie

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Motivate Monday! #12

Rise and Shine! It may be heading into Winter for half of us but that’s no excuse for not getting out there and getting it done!

I know I’ll be needing this video to get me out of bed before dawn over the coming months!

For everyone lucky enough to be heading into Summer, the time is yours to seize the day and enjoy all that Spring has to offer!

Happy (and motivated) running everyone!

Bernie

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