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Let the Run Come to You

October 03, 2013 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

These next two weeks, many of our TFK family will be running their first 20-miler.  What a milestone! You have all come such a long way since June, when all this started for most of you. I hope that many of you share TFK member Laura Howell’s feeling that it has all been worth it.

Here’s a piece of advice for when you run the marathon: Let the race come to you. What do I mean by that? Think about this for a second. How many races have you entered where you see most everyone head out in full force sweeping by everyone, weaving in and out, trying to get ahead.   That person is trying to take charge of the race and commandeer the course.  In most of these cases, failure awaits.  But if you allow yourself to settle into the race and feel the race, you will run stronger.  Relax your body and you will run more efficiency. Here’s a quote from  Chariots of Fire that summarizes the same principle: “Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within.”

So run from within, relax and let the race come to you. It is so much easier this way! See you at the finish!

Categories: Human Interest

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