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Posted in motivation, quotes, random with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by afuntanilla

Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent.
-Joan Benoit Samuelson – winner of 1st US Womens Olympic Marathon, Los Angeles, 1984

Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.
– Amby Burfoot, The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

T-3

Posted in motivation, quotes with tags , , , on March 18, 2010 by afuntanilla

“Remember that if you don’t go to the starting line, you will never view the whole course with all its possibilities. And you will certainly never see the glories of the finish line.” – Amby Burfoot

“If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn’t run hard enough.” – Steve Jones

“There is nothing quite so gentle, deep, and irrational as our running—and nothing quite so savage, and so wild.” – Bernd Heinrich

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.” – Anonymous

“with hope in our hearts and wings on our heels…”

Posted in motivation, photos, quotes, random, road with tags , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2010 by afuntanilla

Once upon a time, there was this piece of vinyl called a 45. You know, one of those single songs. You could listen to it on something called a “record player”. Pretty wild, I know. A record player was a rather large contraption. It had something called a “needle” which was used to actually ‘play’ the record.

Well, anyway..i am telling you about this because a memory came to me back from 1981. It doesn’t actually seem that long ago when I look at the year, 1981. But it was, almost 30 years ago. Yikes!

1981 was the year Chariots of Fire came to the movie theaters. I went to see the movie and was awestruck. I was 11 years old, by the way. From one of the first scenes, I was captured. The men were running along the beach with the theme song playing. I felt like I fell in love. Drama. Running. Great music. I know i didn’t understand parts of the film, but I got the parts that mattered the most. In fact, it wasn’t even that i understood, it was more like it just seeped into my brain, my blood. The passion, the joy, the commitment. The fire that comes from striving to pull out everything you’ve got for that which you are committed. The enormous pleasure that can come from daunting pain. The conflict and the battle that comes from wrestling with self-doubt & then confidence & then self-doubt…and a ferocious desire to be the best.

To be the best you.

We had a record player in the house. After seeing the movie, I HAD TO HAVE THE RECORD…the theme song, Chariots of Fire! Sometime in the spring of 1982, I was to participate in a local track meet in the 100 yard dash. I was thrilled beyond words. The event was to be held a a local high school, at night, under the lights. Man, was i excited!

Prior to heading over to the event, we were listening to the record. Mom pumped up the volume and her and my siblings did our slow motion ‘Chariots of Fire’ run around our living room. I never knew if she thought I was silly to do that , but she indulged me and I was happy.

Later that evening, I ran my 100 yd dash event. I won. (that was probably the fastest i have ever been!!)

I cannot explain the thrill. The proud moment I had as a little kid.


March 14: 6 miles, outside

March 13: 6 miles, outside

March 10: 3.25 miles, treadmill

March 9: 3 miles, outside

7 Days

for today

Posted in quotes with tags , , , on October 29, 2009 by afuntanilla

You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be. ~ Lou Holtz

exquisite

Posted in quotes, random with tags , , , , on June 27, 2009 by afuntanilla

“…i saw you last night in the gathering, but could not take you openly in my arms, so i put my lips next to your cheek, pretending to talk privately.”

-Rumi’s ‘the music’