Monday, May 04, 2009

Marathon mania

While I'm going to miss running the May 31st marathon with my neighbor, friend, and running partner, Em, (who's going to be down south with family that weekend), I am beyond happy that my long-distance friend and long-distance running friend, Andrea, has decided to come run this one with me. She sent me a quote today that I had never heard before and I love it:

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

After Minneapolis we have the Twin Cities Marathon. We'll talk more about that later. That's going to be fun in a whole different way with several first time marathoners who have decided to take the plunge including my niece and brother.

Good times; sore muscles, maybe some blisters, maybe some tears, but for sure lots of annoying running discussion about the digestive system. That's always a given.

UPDATE: My brother recently signed up for his first marathon and when I sent this quote to him to inspire him his reply was, "I'm a dead man."


  1. Sweet, Andrea is coming in. We need to have an after marathon party!

    So I can cry and weep and tell her how much I love this motivational quote and that I thought about being a hunted gazelle the entire run.

  2. I was thinking the same. We need to par-TAY after. Her plane leaves MSP at 5 p.m. Monday. Let's think on it. :-)

  3. Tell Andrea "HELLO!" from her buddy in Illinois. Good luck with the run, girls!