A great E-mail

25 Oct

I just got this e-mail from a running buddy from my running group. He almost brought me to tears (marathon blues perhaps?):

Hey Penny, I realized last night that I forgot to mention about your 5 hour marathon idea for next year.  Do you remember back to this time last year?  Think about what your thoughts were about whether or not you felt you should run a half marathon in the spring.  Think about how you felt about running a marathon.  If you’re anything like me you probably thought…I don’t know if I can do that!  

But now you are a marathon FINISHER and you ran a 5:37.  So you’re thinking…I wonder if I could run a 5:00 marathon?  Well, if the last year has taught you anything, it should be:   *anything* is possible!  It might seem intimidating to try to drop your PR by 37 minutes, but is it more intimidating than running a marathon to begin with?  Teri dropped her PR by 25 minutes twice, so her 3rd marathon was 50! minutes faster than her 1st.  This year I dropped my PR from last year by nearly 32 minutes.  

So if you ask me, you 100% can run a 5 hour marathon!!!!!  Will it take work?  Yes.  Will it be easy?  Nope.  But can you do it?  Absolutely! 

Good luck!


2 responses to “A great E-mail

  1. kate

    October 25, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    What an awesome boost of encouragement! Sounds like you have a great group of support there.

  2. william carter

    October 26, 2007 at 11:17 am

    I honestly believe that anybody can improve greatly in the marathon with hard work and dedication. It is the one type of athletic ability that depends more on just getting out there and training than natural athletic ability.
    Just my thoughts…. Best of luck.

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