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Advice For Running A Marathon

Posted Oct 17 2008 9:13pm

Just 5 days to go Tom. Are you ready for the big day?

I know the marathon is nothing new to you. You have done the Chicago Marathon 10 times, with another 4 marathons under your belt, including the grand daddy of them all - Boston. But yet I felt like I should give some advice to you. What wisdom could I uncover that you didn't know already?

I was completely stumped until this weekend. I had the pleasure of hanging out with my kids and my 6 nieces and nephews. After about 15 minutes with them I realized that if you need to know the answers to the tough problems, you head to the expert source - kids. Because they know everything - just ask them. So, here is a 1 min 40 second video summary of the best advice I could round up from some future marathoners.  Go ahead, take in their wise words, I'll wait right here....take your time.. soak it in...

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Aren't they insightful?!?  Even little Sophie had something to share - just not sure where she was going with the "just go round and round and round...".  But I did learn something very interesting in this experiment. These kids haven't trained for or ran a marathon. They haven't read 50 books on the subject. They haven't spent hours talking with other runners. No, they just gave it a little thought and then went with their gut feel and instincts.   They used their common sense. 

I am going to follow their lead for my advice to you Tom. Go with your gut.  Follow your instincts. Do what your body tells you and ignore the rest. Sometimes trusting yourself is the hardest part of running after investing so much into a race, but I know you will. 

And all you great marathoners who have been running or are ready to run - drop off some advice to Tom here or in the in Know-How section in the Lounge.

Good Luck all the half and full marathoners this weekend! I'm telling you now because I know you will be too preoccupied after Wednesday to listen to anything.  :}

Run your run.  Race your race.  And as the kids said... Have Fun and Good Luck!

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