Monday, July 18, 2011

ANGELES CREST 100 awaits - 5-days of Inspiration (until damnation)

The ANGELES CREST 100-Miler is now a mere 5-days away.  "ONLY 5 more sleeps" as my childlike self used to think on December 20th awaiting Christmas eagerly.  Having been to three 100-mile (or longer) races in the last 5-weeks, I felt inspired looking back on the performances of my friends, fellow ultra-runners and the handful of athletes I had the joy to coach (who competed in those events).  Over the next 5-days, I shall post a look into the mentality of those who inspired me at the SAN DIEGO 100, the WESTERN STATES 100 and the BADWATER 135...


I have asked a few athletes in this group to provide me with a QUOTE that gets them fired up to compete, a SONG that helps them in the tough moments, and a MANTRA that helped them finish their respective races.




ATHLETE: JASON HEALEY
RACE: San Diego 100-Miler
FINISH: 28:44:39 (his 1st 100-miler)
QUOTE: "In order to accomplish something great you must first expect it of yourself.”
SONG: Times Like These - Foo Fighters
MANTRA: Pain is weakness leaving the body.
Song Lyrics: Times Like These
I am a one way motorway
I'm the one that drives away
Then follows you back home
I am a street light shining
I'm a wild light blinding bright
Burning off alone

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

I am a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
I am a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again
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