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Running and Life Wisdom as Ryan Hall Prepares for Boston Marathon

Griffin and I Post Boston 2008

Griffin and I Post Boston 2008

A little over a week until the Boston marathon!

For the Ryan Hall groupies (Do they exist in the running world?) out there or those just wanting insight from a top American long distance runner, here are a couple items you may enjoy.

Competitor Radio Interview with Ryan Hall on Boston Marathon

The radio interview is fairly short and has a few interesting moments.

Runner’s World Ryan Hall and Boston Interview

Ryan often provides useful insight that we all may benefit from. Here are some of Hall’s comments that particularly caught my attention from this article. They include relatively funny, useful, and thought provoking.

“18-mile tempo runs close to 5:00 pace on a hilly course at 7,000 feet and a 40k long run in trainers around 5:30 pace or so without feeling like I was waxing myself too bad.”

Maybe it is just me, but this cracks me up. Besides being silly fast for most of us, the use of the word ‘trainers’ for that 40k run at 5:30 pace almost brings me to giggles. Those darn heavy shoes!

“I was always fascinated at Stanford by the fact that we would have a group of eight guys who would train together for every workout and yet when race day came the difference between those eight guys could be as much as a minute, showing that it is not necessarily what you are able to do in practice but was it done at the right effort level. Even though those eight guys were all running the same pace for the workouts, maybe it was only the right pace and the most beneficial pace for two or three of them.”

Running is as much art as it is science. The vast array of variables (training, sleep quality, nutrition, mental state, mental toughness, stress levels, race pacing, etc, etc, etc) that come into play on race day virtually guarantees athletes following the same program will not get the same result. The actual training is really only one of many components for race day execution.

Being aware of some of these variables and managing them within your life, can create some surprising running breakthroughs.

“I try and not think too much about the finish until I get there. The finish will take care of itself the race will not.”

Be present. All you really have is right now. This is very much a lesson for all aspects of life.

If you only think about the end result, you don’t put attention to the critical steps that get you there. If you don’t address the critical steps, you greatly decrease or eliminate the odds of reaching your desired result.

For example:

End result – finish marathon

Critical steps – hydration, nutrition, proper pacing

If you ignore hydration, nutrition, and proper pacing during a marathon, you have greatly compromised your ability to finish.

Can you think of ways this same concept can relate to other aspects of your life?

“I think there is a couple of ways to look at guys stepping up their game. Either be inspired by it or give up. I have always chosen to be inspired.”

So quit your moping and go after it. Whatever it is. It is a choice.

“I believe competition in the purest form is not to challenge each others competency but rather to challenge each other to be the the fullest of who we are.  If we are all the best of who we truly are, then the world would be a very special place.”

The beauty about this statement is it’s not about being the best but the best of who we truly are. The second part of this would be acceptance. Plenty of growth opportunities here.

Hopefully this provides some weekend inspiration to get you out that door, lace up those shoes, carry a form of ID, smile, sweat, move that body, and create the right life for you.

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David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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