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Motivation, Self Discipline, and Time Management

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Motivation, Self Discipline, and Time Management

Perhaps we should keep track of our mileage in miles (versus kileage), drink flat coke (versus fancy sport drinks), and wear Adidas Gazelles (versus $169 ‘barefoot’ shoes)…perhaps.

In a recent post on The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon website, Jerome Drayton, the Canadian marathon record holder at 2:10:09 shared a few thoughts on the current state of Canadian marathoning. There were a few quotes in particular that should serve as great topics for debate. Furthermore, these quotes stir up great questions. Below are the quotes and subsequent questions.

1) “It was tough, especially when I reached 190 miles (300km) a week…120 miles a week (190km) is not enough…not for a marathoner.”

Are we overcomplicating a simple sport? Do we simply need to run more?

2) “You have to have motivation, self discipline and effective time management,”

Are we not willing to put in the work it takes to be great? Are we not willing to sacrifice?

At the risk of overcomplicating this post and taking precious time away from time that could be spent running, I will leave it at that.

To discuss this topic, visit the message board post here.

About the Author:

Brandon Laan is a runner, coach, and entrepreneur.  He spent his undergraduate days at The University of Western Ontario where he captained the Cross Country Team before fleeing to Hawaii Pacific University for graduate school. He is a Level II Certified USATF coach and holds personal bests of 1:06 and 2:21 in the Half Marathon and Marathon respectively. He also enjoys running to eat, not eating to run…and always will.

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