Graphic Treatment: Team RMHC Runner's Circle

On Becoming A Better You

Many of you are now running your longest long-runs ever (or your longest runs in a very long time), and you’re being reminded of the fact that “the hardest part of running a marathon is NOT running the marathon—the hardest part of running a marathon is TRAINING to run the marathon.”

That said, these coming weeks are the real “Oh. My. Gosh!” weeks of marathon training:

… those weeks when the reality of October 10 is seriously beginning to plant itself in your head. And in your heart.

… those weeks when you really need to stay-in on Friday nights because you really, really need to be in bed before 9:30 PM.

… and those weeks when you’re most likely to ask yourself, "Tell me again why I'm doing this?"

But then, you DO remember why you're doing this.

You’re doing this because being a runner is now a part of who you are, and all that you’ve become.

You’re doing this because of the commitment you've made to your own health and fitness; and, as a Team RMHC runner, to the health and well-being of the children and families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities.

And you're doing this because running makes you a better you… an idea best reflected in this quote from writer, mother and runner Kristin Armstrong: "I am not a 'good runner' because I am me. I am a 'good me' because I am a runner."

(I LOVE that!)

If running these really long 'long runs' seems like a challenge—well, what the heck… you’re running 16, 18 or 20 miles! OF COURSE IT’S A CHALLENGE!

But honestly, you're not alone.

Look around you on the path, streets or sidewalks that you train on, and take strength from all the other runners who are doing exactly what you're doing.

Look to your family, friends and colleagues and take strength from their good wishes and prayers; and from the donations they're making to support you, and to support Ronald McDonald House Charities!

And on Marathon Day… draw strength from the hundreds and hundreds of your
Team RMHC running mates and the 30,000-plus runners on the course with you; and from the million-plus spectators who have shown up to encourage and cheer you on to the ‘FINISH.’

(No way you’re alone!)

Many, many thanks to each of you for ALL that you're doing (every day, and every week) to train and run and fundraise(!) to support Ronald McDonald House Charities.

You're THE BEST!

Train safe. Run strong.

Finish proud.

Always.

C.

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