The Marathon’s Over, Now What? 10 Answers

Congratulations to each and every one of you for an accomplishment you can not only be proud of for the rest of your life, but also for completing an event that you can draw from as you continue your journey in recovery and in life.
So now what? Here’s a list of some short term practical tips, and some ideas to ponder for the longer term.
1. Celebrate your success!
2. Catch up on your sleep.
3. Eat more protein and carbs for the next day or two to rebuild your muscles and restore your glycogen levels.
4. Hydrate well.
5. Rest on Monday.
6. Go for a short walk on Tuesday, and if you’re up for it, an easy short jog, to loosen your leg muscles.
7. Thank all of those you helped you get there: your teammates, the volunteers, the BTS staff and community, your donors, and many more.
8. Think about the power you drew from being part of the team, and about how you inspired others to do their best. Remember that you are not alone. Know that you now know how to draw strength from those around you and be there for others. Know that together you have the mindset and connections to achieve even more than you can on your own. It takes a village, and you are part of that village.
9. Consider choosing another meaningful goal to work toward, one that seems as crazy big as completing a half or full marathon. Then, remind yourself of how much stronger you are. Remind yourself that you have the power to achieve it.
10.Think about the challenges you expect to face in recovery and in life; and then think about all the challenges you overcame to achieve all that you did today. Think about how you’ll draw on that self-confidence, determination, perseverance, and wisdom to overcome future obstacles that will inevitably come your way.
Life is marathon, and you are ready to take it on!
And last but certainly not least, I want to thank you each of you for this experience. It’s incredibly rewarding to me to see how far you’ve all come. I’ve seen you working hard, achieving your goals, supporting each other, and growing stronger inside and out. Being part of your success is a very meaningful part of my life.
With sincere gratitude for giving me this opportunity,
-Coach Leslie

Hey Coach, what should I do this week?

I got asked that question several times on Sunday.  A very good question, and here are my answers.

  1. Take it easy! Run/walk only a few miles a day at an easy pace, a few times this week, and no more than a mile on Saturday, or not at all.  Your body worked hard for the last 5 months.  It needs time to recover and rebuild so you can be in peak condition and well rested on Sunday.
  1. Get warm clothes. Whether you are starting at Dodger Stadium or the halfway point, you’ll be out there for at least an hour before the start time.  The forecast as I’m writing this is for high 40s at sunrise for you Dodger Stadium folks, and probably low to mid 50s for those starting in Hollywood.  I strongly encourage you to head to the BTS Thrift Store to purchase some “throw-away” clothes or a blanket.
  1. Go to bed earlier. The wake-up time for those starting at Dodger Stadium is 4:00 am.  If you can go to bed earlier and wake up earlier a few days before the Marathon, that 4:00 am wake-up time will be easier to deal with.
  1. Drink extra water on Saturday: A few extra glasses of water on Saturday will ensure that you are well hydrated at the start.
  1. Get Ready to Party! Yes, you will be running/walking through what will feel like the biggest party you’ve ever been to.  There will be music, crowds, energy, excitement, and more.  You worked hard.  You earned it.  Get psyched to enjoy every minute of it.  You will be creating memories that will last a lifetime and continue to inspire you.


10 More Ways to Feel Inspired

A few weeks ago, I shared your responses to the prompts on the poster boards set you for you at end of your run.  I put those poster boards out there again today during the team breakfast and got even more awesome input.  You wrote from the heart. Your words not only inspire each other on this year’s team, they will inspire many others when I share them with the teams that will come after you.  My sincere thanks to each of you for being there for each other, and for paying it forward. 

The new comments from today’s breakfast are below.

What Being Part of this Team Means to Me:

  • Community, love and support! -Jillian C
  • It propelled me and kept me going when I would want to stop. I felt accountable. -Dana
  • This gave me a chance to get out of my comfort zone, both physically and emotionally. Getting to know more residents and sharing stories with them was especially meaningful and the support and encouragement they gave me moved me beyond words.  -Elizabeth
  • It means that the team is with me when extra challenges are present. The team helps me to be motivated to be healthier. -Ali Mazhin
  • I got to walk with Elizabeth, Dana, Misty and Amy! Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of the team. -Sally

Training for the Marathon Taught Me:

  • Self accomplishment -Justina
  • To keep going and hold on even when I don’t want to. -Jillian
  • Consistency & commitment to something greater than myself. -Anonymous
  • How to be a better runner, and extra confidence in my abilities to run faster. Also, it helped me meet fine people that are motivated to run as a team. -Ali Mazhin
  • I can do things I’m afraid of doing.  -Dana