Motivation Monday

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Today’s Motivation Monday is going to be a two-for-one! April is about the perfect time to run, or at least here in Memphis it is.  It is not too hot, not too cold, and there are multiple races every weekend.  It is a great time of year to shoot for a PR as well as shake off some of the winter doldrums and make a conscience effort to get back into shape.  With that in mind, I present the following as the first bit of motivation:

It says it all

It says it all

The second motivational entry toady is a quote from the valiant Jackie Robinson.  Jackie Robinson, for those of you who don’t know, was the first African-American to ever play in MLB, breaking the color barrier on April, 15, 1947, when he started at first base (he played second base for the remainder of his career) for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Robinson would go on to win the inaugural Rookie of the Year award, along with being the first ever African-American to win the MVP (1949), first to appear in an all-star game (1949 along with teammates Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe), first in the MLB Hall of Fame (1962), and first to be a network broadcast member (1965 with ABC).  The list of Robinson’s accolades and achievements would take hours to compile, as well would his numerous inspirational messages.  But, I will share with you what I feel is his greatest quote:

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives – Jackie Robinson

Now, I know that there isn’t a direct correlation between running and that quote (except, maybe, running for charity), but it is still very inspiring, at least to me.

And I end with a shameless plug, if you haven’t already, please sign up for the inaugural Platinum Sombrero Virtual 5k taking place this July on a course near you!  Proceeds will be donated to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.  More info can be found here, and a direct link to registration can be found here.

Back In The Saddle

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After my impromptu rest day yesterday, I made sure to get in a run today.  The temperature never rose above thirty-seven here in Memphis today, so I decided to utilize the gym and the readily available treadmills for my run.  I ran four miles at a 9:34 pace.  I felt great after the run, and definitely could have pushed it a little harder, but I was pleased with the outcome regardless.  I followed the run with a couple of sets of diamond pushups and crunches.  This was all after logging 1,464 stairs while at work today.  I was going to do some TRX or  Warrior Dash circuit, but I was pressed for time and I wanted to make sure that I got my miles in first.  I may try to use the stairs for the rest of the week and see how that goes.

The Four Bridges Half Marathon I’m running in October posts lots of useful information and motivational items on their Facebook page.   They shared the following quote yesterday and I meant to include it in my previous post, but I forgot:

There are plenty of obstacles in your path.  Don’t allow yourself to become one of them. – Ralph Marston

That sums up marathon training fairly well, I do believe.  And I think it applies to my last two days very appropriately as well.  My gym has quotes posted all over the facility and I may have to suggest that they include this one.

After getting back on my workout track earlier, I’m now catching up on my DVR.  First up was the second best show currently on TV, Justified, and I’m now watching The Americans.  Tonight’s episode is tackling the attempted assignation of Ronald Reagan, which made for a very intriguing episode.  Each week, the show gets a little stronger, which gives me high hopes for The Americans comparing favorably to the other highly lauded FX shows.

And one last note, tonight was a goodnight for Memphis basketball.  The Grizzlies beat Rudy Gay and his new team, the Toronto Raptors 88-82, in large part because Gay played his usual selfish and turnover prone fourth quarter.  Toronto is not a good team, but when you part ways with a player, it is always good for morale of a fanbase to perceive that the right move was made.  The Memphis Tigers won for the seventeenth straight time this evening after dispatching the Houston Cougars 81-74.  Chris Crawford finished just one assist short of joining Penny Hardaway and Antonio Anderson as the only Tigers with a triple-double.  Of course Penny had two and is regarded by many as the greatest Tiger of all time and Anderson was in the senior class with the most wins in NCAA history and a Final Four appearance (both vacated because of Derick Rose’s bogus SAT), so including Crawford with that duo may have been a little dubious.