Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out if they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
– William James

My first marathon is next weekend. So sorry I haven't kept up with the compliment challenge, I found myself derailed and had to get other things on track first. But I will say that I'm proud, beautiful, strong, determined and ready to run 26.2 miles next Sunday. And that's exciting.

I've learned some valuable lessons for training my body that I want to share:

*While running I have to drink before I'm thirsty
*"                                 "  eat before I'm hungry
*After a run I eat within 45 minutes of finishing my workout. It completely encourages better recovery.
*I'm eating a lot of carbs leading up to the race and I'll need to be mind-full of the changes I'll need to make about one to two days after the race. I think I'll give my body a gentle 2 week break from strenuous exercise.
*Coconut water is my gatorade
*Foam rollers for massaging out sore muscles are amazing
*Ice
*Yoga is a god send
*Squats and lunges are the most complimentary exercises for running
*Bouncing on my rebounder, also fab
*Being in that meditative place while running is the most freeing beautiful feeling. When I'm one with the wind and all.

And thanks to Snowy for this appropriate quote:
"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security." : Albert Einstein – (1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921

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