Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Need Marathon Motivations!

This is one race I am NOT looking forward to (not because of the organization but because I realized I may not be as ready as I thought I would be).

There is a strong fear of DNF-ing here but I shouldn't let that control me. So to get some sort of inspiration for this Sunday's 42km race, I looked at some marathon quotes on the web:

"It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse."
Ann Trason

"Marathon running is a terrible experience: monotonous, heavy, and exhausting."
Veikko Karvonen, 1954 European and Boston Marathon Champ

"To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who's never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind."
Jerome Drayton

"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming."
Frank Shorter

"If you feel bad at 10 miles, you're in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26 miles, you're abnormal."
Rob de Castella, winner 1983 World Marathon Championships

"The marathon can humble you."
Bill Rodgers, winner of four Boston and four NYC marathons

"The difference between the mile and the marathon is the difference between burning your fingers with a match and being slowly roasted over hot coals."
Hal Higdon, running writer and coach

"Marathoning is just another form of insanity."
John J. Kelly, winner of the 1952 Boston Marathon

"Marathoning is like cutting yourself unexpectedly. You dip into the pain so gradually that the damage is done before you are aware of it. Unfortunately, when the awareness comes, it is excruciating."
-John Farrington

"No marathon gets easier later. The half way point only marks the end of the beginning."
-Joe Henderson

"I also feel it usually takes four or five races to hit your best marathon for your body to be accustomed to the training AND the race itself."
- Bill Rodgers

"Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder."
-William Sigei

"You're running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You're delirious. But you keep running because there's no way out of this hell you're in, because there's no way you're not crossing the finish line. It's a misery that non-runners don't understand."
-Martine Costello

To those running the Cebu Full Marathon, I just have to ask:
Are you as excited as I am? Or are you regretting you opened my blog? :)

"I don't aim to win. I don't aim to lose. I just aim to give it MY ALL, cross the finish line and be reunited with my family and friends. To God Be the Glory!"

See you all this Sunday!


run unlimited said...

These thoughts are instilled within me, and are unzipped everytime I run a full, how about you? Good luck Dennis, bring it on!

Anonymous said...

In case you die, can I have all your running shoes?

albu said...

You are such a baby!

You have done 2 marathons already, and each time you got better.

Trust in the RUN.

You have trained hard enough. Your injury is a testament that you a prepared to finish.

and you will finish the race!


Running Fatboy said...

hi Vener, thanks. I'm always nervous when it comes to races like this. Hoping to survive.

hi Anonymous, sure. But if i live, can i have all your clothes, money, and properties? :)

hi Coach, will update you Sunday on how I did. Hoping injury will be gone by then (or at least minimized). No turning back! Bahala na si batman

Rico Villanueva said...

Pare, you will finish this because there are people waiting for you at the end. Just imbibe the energy of the crowd and place. Tapos libre mo kami pag nalaman mo na tapos na pala. :-)

Anonymous said...

"everything you ever needed to know about yourself, you can learn in
26.2 miles..."

just finished my 5th full 42K on Dec.6th in Davao. So far one of my most most memorable runs, I did not run for the time, just for fun.
Davao finish time 3:58
personal best time 3:41

Have a nice day, keep on running,

Running Fatboy said...

hi Rico, you are right about that advice. It was nice seeing you again.

hi Runningwolf, that's a good track record for you. Running a marathon must be normal for you na :)