4 miles with 4 days to go. HOW ABOUT THAT!

Today I will consider another Magic Trick by Jeff Galloway:

Ball-bearing atoms
This is a high-tech right-brain invention that will send you gliding to the finish. As the legs lose their resilience near the finish, you can shake off from your hair millions of atoms that normally act to keep it shiny. As the atoms drop onto your feet, you’ll find that you don’t need to stretch out your stride any more. You glide better through the air and stay more efficient by staying closer to the ground. When you’re losing this effect, shake your hair again. Balding people, like myself, will always appreciate some strategic head shakes from others. A downhill portion of the course will enhance the effect of these virtually invisible ball bearings.
I have my 26.2 sticker ready for the back of my car. When you see this on the back window, you’ll know I made it!

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” anonymous

Fun Marathon Facts

  • The official marathon distance is 26.2 miles (or about 39,000 steps for most runners)
  • The average age of marathon finisher is 38 years-old
  • The average time to complete the marathon distance is 4:41:32 or 4:28:29 for men and 5:01:06 for women
  • The marathon World Record for men is held by Paul Tergat with a time of 2:04:55 (set in 2003 at the Berlin marathon).

Check it out!

My textbook for this marathon training has been Jeff Galloway’s book Marathon You can do it!
I have several books on running, sports nutrition, stretching, and the like, and much prefer and highly recommend this one. It stands out among the others for its practical approach to running. Running should be something you enjoy doing. Many of the books I have read make it so technical and complicated that you can hardly have fun doing it. I find myself going back again and again to the this book. I’ve read it from cover to cover and continue to refer to it almost on a daily basis as I complete my training for my FIRST marathon. If you ever think you’d like to even consider running a marathon or 1/2 marathon, GET THIS BOOK!


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