Where Will You Be On April 15, 2013?

Posted: January 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

Boston Marathon Signs

Hopefully you will be making the journey from Hopkinton to Boston for the 117th running of the Boston Marathon! Patriot’s Day  will assuredly arrive sooner than we expect. Consequently, it’s time to focus your attention on your preparation for what promises to be one of the most significant days of your life!

Far too many runners lose their focus during this stage of training and pay the greatest price by enduring unnecessary stress in the weeks before the marathon. Consistency and moderation in your approach to training are the keys to success. It’s vitally important to hit the weekly mileage totals outlined in my training schedule. If you suffer a setback in your training,  please don’t try to make up for lost training time in one fell swoop.

Your primary focus should be on remaining injury-free by warming up properly before each run, cooling down gradually and stretching after each run, staying hydrated, eating well and getting sufficient rest. All the small things add up collectively to a formula of success. Training for a marathon isn’t rocket science but it does require diligence, discipline and determination beyond the scope of most major challenges.

Nevertheless, the return on investment is beyond measure. Imagine what you will feel like as you stand in the starting corral of the 117th Boston Marathon and you take a deep breath and contemplate how the day will unfold. The news helicopters will be flying overhead, you will likely hear languages you can’t identify, you will experience feelings and emotions that are entirely foreign to you, you’ll beam with pride during the playing of the national anthem, the fighter jets will make a final pass overhead and you’ll soon be underway.

Hopefully you’ll find the time during your trek from Hopkinton to Boston to contemplate the significant difference you’re making in the lives of others…providing hope for a better future. Any life worth living has to include compassion for others and a dogged determination to pay whatever price to make sure those less fortunate are provided an opportunity to pursue their dreams.

As you crest Heartbreak Hill and begin to believe you will actually make it to the finish line on Boylston Street, I hope you enjoy every sight, smell and sound during the final 5 miles of the marathon. Because, although your efforts during the past 5 months have been focused on serving others, today is YOUR day! The Boston Marathon will change you in unbelievably significant ways. When you take the final right onto Hereford Street and the left onto Boylston Street, that will be the closest you will likely ever come to being a rock star. The noise is incredible and every person standing on the sidewalk is beaming with pride and wishing they were you!

Your family and friends will be jumping up and down and screaming with pride! And your coach will be filled with uncontrollable emotion and more admiration for you than you could ever imagine…and hope that when you cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon that it really isn’t the finish line for you…that it’s actually the first step of a long journey of believing you can make a significant difference in the world. Because you just proved that you can!

I look forward to seeing all of you this weekend and, most importantly, I look forward to sharing April 15, 2013 with you!

  1. Erin Gall says:

    Inspiration. Motivation. Emotion! Wow! I am so glad you are my coach!

    • Erin,

      My coaching is simply a reflection of how I feel about the runners I coach. Your enthusiasm, commitment and dedication just inspires me to be the best I can possibly be…I’m so happy to be ‘Your’ coach!


  2. Laura Otting says:

    Oh man, this makes me want to run Boston!!!

    ********************************** Laura Gassner Otting 75 Summit Street, Newton, MA 02458 (617) 527-9665 home (617) 504-2064 cell laura.gassner.otting@gmail.com

    From: The Marathon Solution Reply-To: The Marathon Solution Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:04:14 +0000 To: “laura.gassner.otting@gmail.com” Subject: [New post] Where Will You Be On April 15, 2013?

    WordPress.com Boston Marathon Coach posted: ” Hopefully you will be making the journey from Hopkinton to Boston for the 117th running of the Boston Marathon! Patriots Day will assuredly arrive sooner than we expect. Consequently, its time to focus your attention on your preparation”

  3. john ouweleen says:

    Wonderful job Rick. Motivation level is soaring.

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