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Thursday, January 15, 2009

What Gets You Going?

At this point in my running, swimming, and cycling life I have figured out that I am an expert at getting others to compete in endurance events. I have dubbed myself privately to be an "expert motivator." This is all part of a larger scheme I put myself through in order to get to those many finish lines that I see in my future. For me, I know the exact recipe that what gets me going. I'm not talking about steak and potatoes. I'm talking about the motivation, drive, and sheer grit that it takes to compete in endurance events like the Frost Yer Fanny Duathalon or the San Antonio Rock n Roll Marathon. For me, I've realized, over the years, that it's pretty simple. Get me out there, on the trail, in the wind, rain or sun leading a group of new runners and I'm all set. I get so psyched helping new runners and triathletes into the sport that I love and that is what gets me going.

This week, I am excited about the Capitol 10,000 and the training for this race! I know it is several months away, the date of the race is Sunday, March 29, 2009, but yet again this year I'm helping a lot of new runners to the finish line in a training group and that, I know, will drive me to my own success as a runner. It gets me going to know how much I'm helping them. When I'm out there on the hilly 10K course in March I'll be thinking of all of the runners I helped get to the starting line, and I know that will make me go faster. My goal this year is to break 45 minutes. I know that helping out with the training group will be integral to my success. The 12 week training is sponsored by the Austin American-Statesman and Austin Fit/USA Fit will be a big part in my success.

Below is the route we are planning on running with the Intermediate and Advanced runners this evening. This is our second week of training so we're keeping the route simple and the mileage short.

I can't wait to motivate more new runners! When I spoke with some of the runners last Thursday on the run a lot of them were saying that eventually they wanted to do a 1/2 marathon and a sprint triathlon. It makes me excited that I can help introduce them to the sports that I love so much. Who knows, one day, they might even be able to call themselves an IRONMAN! Personally, when I finish my first IRONMAN, I will prefer to be called an IRONWOMAN, but that's just me.

Today's Cap 10K Training Route

Current book I'm reading: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Run Fast by Hal Higdon


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