“If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you
break the record.” Author unknown
Get an extra hour or two of sleep each night
during the week before the race. Chances are
you’ll be too anxious or excited to sleep well on
the night before, so it helps to have some extra
hours in so you’re not completely exhausted.
The support of friends and family will keep you
when your mind starts to battle you. Make
sure you tell them where you’ll need them most,
so when you get those points in the course,
you know you’ll have some friendly faces.
“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in
first, middle, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’
There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” Fred Lebow,
“Ask yourself: ‘Can i give more?’. The answer is
usually: ‘Yes’.” Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional
Make sure you have all of your race day gear
laid out the night before the race. The last thing
you want to be doing at 5:00 am on race day is
searching for your bib and safety pins.
“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It
teaches us to push beyond where we thought we
could go. It helps us to find out what we are made
of.” Pat Plumer, Olympian
“You also need to look back. You’re still here.
Take pride in wherever you finish. Look at all the
people you’ve outlasted.” Joe Henderson
“Last is just the slowest WINNER. “
C. Hunter Boyd
“As a breed, runners are a pretty gutsy bunch. We
constantly push ourselves to discover limitations,
then push past them.” Bart Yasso