Secrets Of The Marathon Men
This post is useful to those who have decided to run their full marathon.
Back in the Philippines a marathon race is about to happen in the city of Cagayan De Oro. To my friends who signed up for the full marathon, this post is for you.
To my readers, you could take this to your next finish line as well, trust me it took me there.
For countless times the marathon has been compared metaphorically to life, love, war, journey, hunt, expeditions and the list goes on and on…
This time let’s look at marathon as a “Conversation”.
To add a little spice, make it a conversation with an adversary.
Kind of like talking to someone who is trying to prove you wrong or prevent you from getting something behind his back.
In order to succeed in this conversation, you have all the words inside your head and you carefully deploy every word accordingly. To persuade the opposition, the right timing and the right order of words are of extreme importance.
So in your coming marathon, what arsenal of words do you have in store for this 42-Kilometer conversation?
Let me share to you the words that have worked for me in the past, these words feed the mind as food and water nourish the body.
These words came from great minds who have succeeded in their own marathons. Not necessarily in running but in their own fields of excellence. Hence this title “Secrets Of The Marathon Men”
For your victory, here they are…
“Do something everyday that scares you “ – Eleanor Roosevelt
“The will to conquer is the first condition of victory” –Ferdinand Foch
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing “- Hellen Keller
“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop “– Confucious
“Good Enough, Never Is”– Debbi Fields
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill
You are halfway there. Put your own words here.
Example: “Been here before, sweet but I want more” – Alexander Imperial
When the dream is big enough, the facts don’t count”— Ray Youngblood, entrepreneur and speaker
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it’s too low and we reach it. – Michaelangelo
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish – Steve Jobs
“Don’t give up on your dreams or your dreams will give up on you” –John Wooden, head coach UCLA
I see only the objective, the obstacle must give way. – Napoleon
“You can not keep a committed person from success. Place stumbling blocks in his way and takes them for stepping-stones, and on them he will climb to greatness” –George Gilder
Run when you can
Walk if you have to
Crawl if you must
Just never give up.
-from the book Ultramarathon Man –Dean Karnazes
“I’m going to the top of the mountain. You’re either going to see me waving from the top or dead on the side. But you know what? I’m not coming down.”
– Eric Worre, author, speaker
“When you cross that finish line, no matter how fast, no matter how slow, it will change your life forever. – D. Beardsley, -Boston Marathon 2nd place.
Here’s a poets metaphor for what you’ve just accomplished.
“ ‘Come to the edge,’ He said.
They said, ‘We are afraid.’
‘Come to the edge,’ He said.
He pushed them . . .
.. and they flew.”
– Guillaume Apollinaire, 1880-1918, poet
Celebrate big time!!!