Hitting the Books

Reading

On the advice of a few runners, I’ve been reading sports books in order to up my “mental game.”  Just finished Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes, which I was told to read so when people comment that running six miles a day is TOO EXTREME, I can tell them that Mr. Karnazes runs a marathon EVERY morning!  Some people are just built to run.

One thing that all sports psychology books promote is visualization.  I read today that many athletes consider it to be AS important as being physically fit.  Alex Rodriguez has said that before the 1996 baseball season he visualized himself winning the batting title… and he did!  So if you pass me on the street and I’m in a daze (or I’m jumping up and down, hands in the air, going nuts!!!), it’s because I am visualizing myself crossing the finish line under 3:11!

Running news.  Decided against running this morning (I was up, I promise!) since I was determined to do another STRONG loop of Central Park early this evening.  I did it and it was a struggle… but I finished faster then yesterday???  6 miles in 44:35 (7:24 pace).  I’m hoping this means I’m conditioning myself really well.

Lastly, I got an extra boost on my way to the park tonight when I was waiting on a red light and a friend (who was on her cell phone) yells at me “Ben!!!  Good luck!!!  We’re sending a donation!!!”

That’s what I’m talking about!!!

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