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Grinding It Out
Weeks 7 through 10 on the training schedule are those weeks when many runners begin to lose a bit of their training 'focus.’

They’re no longer the "first few weeks of training" that come with their own high levels of adrenaline and energy; and they're not yet those 14, 16 and 18 mile long-run weeks that demand and require our greatest effort and endurance.

Instead, these are the weeks that test our commitment to training consistency, and truly test our determination to be 'marathoners.'

Ray Kroc's book about his founding of McDonald's Corporation, which he titled “Grinding It Out,” is all about consistency and determination—so I've come to think of these weeks on the schedule as the "grinding it out" weeks... weeks that shape and strengthen the very foundation on which the second half of our training will stand.

Or fall.

Yes, there will be hot (and humid!) summer days ahead; or days when work, travel or family make it tough to exactly follow your training schedule—and when that happens, you will need to adjust your training.

But hey, that's okay!

And honestly… a few ‘day-to-day’ changes to your training in the context of an 18-20 week schedule is not going to make any measurable difference in your marathon day performance.

So go ahead and make the changes that ‘life’ (or the heat!) are leading you to make, continuing to do all you can, the best you can on any given day, or in any given week, which is all any of us can and should expect ourselves to do—always keeping your focus on the rather amazing achievement waiting for you on October 10.

And for anyone having a bit of a ‘motivation’ problem getting up and out the door to run, consider this anecdote...

"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be eaten. 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 better get running"

(I LOVE that!)

Keep training safe.

And (of course), keep running strong.



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