Monday, October 24, 2011

Motivation from 1984

...And Marathon Training Continues:
Joan Benoit
First Women's Olympic Marathon
L.A., 1984
Photo Credit: Run Maine

The next three weeks I've scheduled the longest and hardest of my training runs.

Scared & Nervous?

Hell yes! 

Running twenty miles in one afternoon is unfamiliar territory. If I can meet disaster at twelve miles, I certainly can meet it on the sixteen, eighteen, and twenty mile training runs I've planned. 

My biggest deficit {besides some healthy fear} in my training thus far are my sore ass ankles. Between training and working at a restaurant all weekend, I've been "feeling" my ankles in a whole new way. Needless to say ice, elevation, and intentional rest are my new best friends. 

Beyond ankle complaints...

I'm also excited

to do something I've never done before.

My biggest assets include finally learning to LOVE running, breaking in a new pair of shoes, seeing an increase in speed on shorter runs, and having a great coach

Motivation this week to hit the pavement:
Joan Benoit and her courageous win @ the first Women's Olympic Marathon held in L.A., in 1984. {just weeks after knee surgery!!} View the video below and be inspired!

Cheers to strong women!

Peace & Love

Want to learn more about Joan? Click here!


  1. If Forest can do it, so can you. RUN ABBY RUN!!!

  2. I vividly remember Joan Benoit and seeing her run this marathon on tv. At the time, women marathoners were not very common in the US and it was said to be too dangerous for women. My, how the times have changed. 8-)

  3. I always love a good Forest Gump reference. =)

    And love love love that you got to see that Marathon!

  4. whenever I am coming up on a huge momentous something I like to listen to Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman" ... I think this marathon definitely calls for it. Good luck, Abigail!

  5. Def. adding some Whitney to the playlist. Thanks Sam! =)


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