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A Jedi's Point of View - Marathon Training

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I grew up during the Star Wars era and it is my favorite movie of all time, I have seen it so many times I know the words before they are even spoken, so you could say I'm a Star Wars fanatic, a Jedi-Master "wanna-be", yep, certifiable true Star Wars geek.

Yoda is one of my favorite characters (besides the hunky Han Solo, lol), so it's only fitting to point out a few lessons I've learned along the way with my Jedi training, ooops, I mean marathon training.



1. "A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind"

I knew running a marathon would take commitment, but I had no idea how much time this training would consume. 18 weeks of commitment, running 4 days per week, 6-10 hours per week. Staying upbeat and totally motivated is a commitment all by itself. Life has been put on hold for the past 18 weeks, I would like to thank those who have shown me patience and understanding as I have worked on this personal goal - you rock and you didn't even sign up for a marathon, lol.

2. "Pass on what you have learned "

I have tried to pass on to others all the valuable lesson's I've learned along the way, i.e. fueling, hydration, running shoe issues, things that have worked/things that didn't work and mistakes I've made along the way. I appreciate all that I have learned from other runners.

3. Luke says to Yoda... "I don't believe it" and Yoda says... "that is why you fail"

I can't run a marathon is what I originally thought, but over the past 18 weeks I have learned that I can do anything I set my mind to do. Who woulda thought I could do 18-20 mile long runs? surely not me, but I'm a believer now. This has been a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. Failure is NOT an option.

4. " Do, or Do not, there is no try"

Some days I had to drag myself out of the house for a run, I just plain ole didn't feel like doing it, too tired, other things to do. A 10-miler on the schedule on a weekday, oh great....I can't do 10 tonight to many other things to do, I just don't have time, blah, blah, blah. Well guess what? Do or Do Not, and I did, and I am so glad I did. I just had to keep repeating to myself my personal mantra..."I can quit when I'm done, not when I'm tired"

5. "Already know you that which you need"

Am I ready for the big day? Well yes I am. I feel confident in all the things I have learned, all the training, the good runs and the bad runs.

So does all this mean that I am truly a Jedi Master now??

Yoda.... "You must confront Vader, and then, only then a Jedi will you be"



I must confront VADER (26.2 miles).

Am I nervous to confront Vader? yes a few butterflies maybe

Am I prepared? Yep, armed with GU, water, headphones and my running shoes and a positive "can-do, must-do and will-do" attitude (I have to leave the light saber at home, no room in the fanny pack)

Will I cross that finish line? Absolutely

I am ready to confront Vader. 3 more days and I will be a Jedi Master.

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SUEAZZI 3/15/2013 8:37AM

    and a Jedi Master you will be!! May the force be with you my friend... crush Vader! emoticon emoticon

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GROEDER 3/15/2013 7:56AM

    May the force be with you!!!!!!
You are truely an inspiration.

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DGIBSON02 3/15/2013 7:06AM

    Good luck

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Loved, loved, loved this blog!!!!
Lisa, I'm right next to Sami. . . May the force be with you!
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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/14/2013 10:54PM

    I'm late getting on Spark, but wanted to wish you all the best for your marathon! It's yours. You will do it. I have no doubt. I just wish I could do the same. You've inspired me this far. Who knows? Stay well my friend and enjoy the ride!

I'm not much for Star Wars, but I know Wayne's World like the back of my hand. So sad.

Hugs and kisses and luck to you my dear friend! emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 3/14/2013 10:44PM

    Let the Force be with you. emoticon

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KELTIC-CARA 3/14/2013 4:11PM

    I just love this blog and your comparisons. Yoga is also my favourite, very wise he is. All the best with your VADER

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SUSANSERENE 3/14/2013 3:27PM

    Terrific post! Good luck in your marathon and I'll be thinking about you. Can't wait to hear how it goes! Love and hugs!

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JANEMARIE77 3/14/2013 2:54PM

    go go girl have fun you are the poster child for
If we find it important we will find a way if not we will find an excuse.
You found a way hope you have a great run

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MZSLYDE01 3/14/2013 1:37PM

    HA HA HA - YOU CRACK ME UP. NO ROOM IN THE FANNY PACK.
These are great things that you have learned. You have gone not only on a fitness/health journey through this - but much more. I am so proud of you.
AWESOMENESS IS ALL I CAN SAY.
LOVE YA MUCH AND CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO CROSS THE FINISH LINE.
I will be there in spirit with ya.

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LACYME 3/14/2013 1:19PM

    Great blog! Good luck! What a great attiutude. Thank you for sharing what you have learned along the way!

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JLITT62 3/14/2013 1:04PM

    #4 is one of my favs!

Run, Lisa, run!

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BOILHAM 3/14/2013 12:53PM

    You ARE a Jedi!

Great blog!

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CONNIEWILDE 3/14/2013 12:35PM

    "Do or do not, there is no try" is one of my (many) mantras, too! And with the power of the Force, or the nerd power that unites us all, or by sheer stubbornness, you will kick that marathon's ass! Good luck, happy Pi Day, and I sincerely hope one of your cheerleaders presents you with a shiny new light saber when you cross that finish line!

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HAYBURNER1969 3/14/2013 12:27PM

    What a great blog!!! Love it! Good luck on your marathon!

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WINDSURFNERD 3/14/2013 12:24PM

    Star Wars Geeks rock!! I love this blog!
As Obi Wan said: "Feeeelllll the Force" as you run!

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ONMYMEDS 3/14/2013 12:04PM

    Vader is shaking already. He doesn't stand a chance. You've done the physical prep and you most certainly have the attitude. You will do Yoda proud.

The force WILL be with you.

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PMRUNNER 3/14/2013 12:00PM

    What a great blog, thanks for sharing!

Good luck on race day! With all of your preparation and focus, you don't need luck to rock this!

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NATPLUMMER 3/14/2013 11:53AM

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SAMI199 3/14/2013 11:48AM

    Awesome-I'll be cheering you on every step of the way! Go-SP1-Go!!!

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GOODIEB 3/14/2013 11:44AM

    This is awesome! And very inspiring. Good for you and thanks for posting this. I was meant to come across such great motivation today as I have been in lazy mode after my last half marathon and need to get back on training for the next one.

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JPAMPY 3/14/2013 11:42AM

    I love your blog!!! I was very young when this show was on, but Yoda was my favorite too, along with R2D2. I thought the robots were pretty cool, as a matter of fact, I think I really liked all the characters. Anyway, getting off track here... I'm excited for you. I have accomplished a feat that I didnt ever think I could so I can completely relate!! You are going to totally rock that marathon!!!

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THATGIRL0515 3/14/2013 11:41AM

    You have inspired me to be there at the end to medal you! emoticon

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FITBY40-2015 3/14/2013 11:33AM

    YOU CAN!!!!!YOU WILL!!!! emoticon

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KA_JUN 3/14/2013 11:26AM

    Impressive, most impressive! You've got this! emoticon

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COOP9002 3/14/2013 11:25AM

    Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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