Yes, you DO have what it takes… (Podcast #47)

yes you do have what it takes

Run a marathon and change your life…

It’s no secret that I TRULY believe in the transformative power of running. When I go running for long enough I find my happy place, my mind can wander stress-free, and I can just… be. I realize it doesn’t work for everyone this way, but it does for me, and it does for many others. I’d love for more people to discover this… problem is, so many people out there don’t just think marathons are crazy… they simply think they’re not capable.

For the full chat on this check out the podcast episode on iTunes here, on Android here, or on the web player at the top & bottom of this post. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe”!

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Digging Deeper Than Deep (Podcast #40)

digging deeper than deep

We are capable of incredible things.

Sometimes I think we lose sight of… how BIG of a deal some of what we do is. We go out there and we do things that… days, weeks, months, or years prior… never would’ve been possible… or even conceivable.  This past weekend… I went back to the site of one of those things – my first Ultramarathon. I went back to Pineland Farms Trail Festival not only for my own new accomplishment… but to help a friend achieve her first Ultramarathon finish too.

During the race… particularly in the final 7.7 miles… I was reminded of what it really means to push. To dig deep inside yourself… to a place that, perhaps, we didn’t know existed (or maybe forgot was there). Somewhere we can only tap into during the most extreme moments…

When we dig that deep, and push that hard… we discover who we truly are.

For the full chat on this (and more) check out the podcast episode on iTunes here, on Android here, or on the web player at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe”!

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On The Eve Of Battle (Podcast #39)

on the eve of battle

On the eve of a great battle… there is much to do.

There are plans to be finalized and preparations to be made. Warriors must gear up and mentally prepare for what they’re about to do. Wait… wait… this seems a little… over the top… for a fitness blog.

Is it, though?

When we’re about to take on a new phase of our journey… well… we’re no different from those warriors. Instead of swords and shields, we’re donning running shoes and a water bottle, or cross-trainers and a sweat towel. And yes, we ARE about to do battle… just in a different way. It’s wholly appropriate to hunker down and view it as such in order to get your head right for what’s to come. And that’s exactly what I’m here to talk about… I don’t know about YOU… but I’VE got something big coming this weekend…

For the full chat on this, the conversation with Katrina White, and more… check out the podcast episode on iTunes here, on Android here, or on the web player at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe”!

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A Race Director’s Almost-Worst Nightmare – Maine Coast Marathon 2017

Maine Coast Marathon course error

Sometimes life throws us a curveball…

This past weekend, it was in the form of an extra 1/2 mile on the Maine Coast Marathon course. That might not seem like a big deal to some – indeed, it’s probably only an extra 3 – 8 minutes added to most peoples’ day. For the exceptionally fast, though… that extra few minutes could be the difference between earning a coveted, and often elusive, BQ… or walking away heartbroken after months of effort seemingy wasted.

Needless to say, the pitchforks and torches are out.

People are raging on social media, railing against the race, and demanding their pound of flesh. In this situation, as often happens, not everyone knows what, exactly, happened… but they know they’re angry and upset. They know they want answers and a resolution. While nothing I can say today is going to award anyone a BQ… hopefully I can help give a little insight into things…

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Maggie Guterl Rises Above “Mediocrity” (Podcast #35)

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We tend to low-ball ourselves.

We generally have a tendency to believe we are less capable than we really are. We routinely underrate our true potential, and assume we can only go so high up on the achievement ladder. We see the accomplishments of others and rank ourselves against them… assuming that if THAT’S where THEY can get… we must be somewhere down just a little bit below them.

We need to believe we can rise above mediocrity.

We are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. IF we can just STOP stopping ourselves and reach a little higher… it’d turn everything upside down. THAT… is exactly what happened to Maggie Guterl. One day, she decided to “get serious”, talked to a coach… and guess what her coach told her? That she could achieve something amazing. And she pushed Maggie to it. And she did it. We can all take a lesson from what Maggie has to tell us, whether we work with a coach or not. Join me for the conversation.

For the full chat with Maggie Guterl (plus more!) check out the podcast episode on iTunes here, on Android here, or on the web player at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe”!

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