Congratulations, and 10 answers to “Now what”?

 If your legs are sore, welcome to the club!  With each effort to walk up or down stairs, or get up from a chair, think of your legs telling you “We worked hard and you did an awesome job!”  Congratulations to each and every one of you.  You have an accomplishment you can be proud of for the rest of your life.  You worked hard.  You earned it.  You have proof that you can take on difficult challenges, and work hard week after week to achieve your goals.

So now, what?  I’m going to give you some physical as well as mental tips:

  1. Take it easy. Rest today.  Rest tomorrow.  When you’re ready to start back into running or walking, take it slowly.  Listen to your legs.
  2. Eat more protein for the next few days. Your muscles need it!
  3. A few extra glasses of water each day for the next few days will help your body get back into balance.
  4. Rebuild your glycogen stores with some extra good carbs for a day or two.
  5. Celebrate your accomplishment. Put your bib and/or medal some place where you’ll see it often.
  6. Thank those and remember those who helped you get there – your teammates, the volunteers, the BTS staff, your donors, those who came out to support you on race day. They all came together for you because you matter.
  7. Think about the meaning of what you accomplished. How much of training for the Marathon is just like preparing for sobriety and the rest of your life?
  8. Plan your next goal. Now that you know what you can accomplish, how do you want to harness that power to achieve your next goal? 
  9. Start looking forward to Marathon Shabbat. We’ll all come together again soon (date TBD) to celebrate our success, each other, and our teamwork, and to recognize those who made it possible.  It will be a day of great pride and memories.
  10. Consider joining the team again next year. You can be a role model of success and you can inspire others.


Making the Most of Your Marathon Experience


It’s almost here, the day you have spent months training for.  I encourage you to “be in the moment” for every moment of that special day.  There will be so much to absorb and appreciate. 

The crowd support will be amazing.  There will literally be thousands of people lining the streets.  People will have inspirational signs, funny signs, words of encouragement. Notice them. Read them.  Appreciate them.  My two favorites are “The only reason your feet hurt is because you’re kicking ass” and “Touch here for energy”.  When I’m hot and tired, I always tap those signs as I go by, smile at the person holding it, and actually feel recharged.  There will be places along the course with people waiting to give you a high five. You’ll feel great as you run past these people, and get a dozen or so high fives as total strangers cheer you on.  

If you’re walking/running with music, I would encourage you to take out one earbud, or lower the volume, from time to time.  Listen to the sounds of people cheering you on.  Enjoy the bands along the course, and  the music blaring from speakers that people have set up along the way.  Hear the thousands of footsteps of your fellow runners all working hard just like you.  Strike up a conversation with a random runner and share stories.  Be a part of the experience!

Take the time to enjoy the different vibes of the many neighborhoods you’ll be passing through – Chinatown, Thai Town, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, and the Westside, to name a few. Notice the changes in the architecture, signs, scenery, and people.  You’ll be on a human powered tour of a world famous city, experiencing it with your whole body.

Remember, of course, to look inward too.  It will be tough, but you’ll be thinking “I know I can do this.  I have the power to keep going.  I take on challenges and I succeed.” Your body will be pumped with endorphins.  You’ll be out there with a natural high. With every step you will have more to be proud of.  You will be another step closer to achieving the goal you have worked so hard for.  

March 19, 2017 will be a day you’ll always remember!

A Look into Your Future

The Marathon is a metaphor for life and for your recovery.

It’s about accepting a challenge when you may not believe you can do it, then succeeding and realizing that you have many reasons to believe in yourself.
It’s about setting goals and sticking to them.
It’s about working hard to get what you want.
It’s about looking inside to find the strength to keep going when the going gets tough.
It’s about asking for and accepting help when you need it.
It’s about being there for others when your teammates need support.
It’s about making time for your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

That’s what each of you has been doing for the last six months. I am so proud of you all for what you are accomplishing. You have the power to succeed not just on March 19, but in the rest of your life too.

Congratulations to all! You have a lot to be proud of.