Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Brotherly Love For Jenny

You can make all the right decisions with your nutrition, training plan, and mindset, yet when you reach race day, most of it will not matter. Of course, preparing properly to put yourself in the best position to achieve is the intelligent thing to do. Often, how the race plays out is beyond your control. What you can control is the heart and courage you display. Even if it is not your day to shine with your greatest performance, it may be your day to display how much fire and passion you have within your heart, body, and mind. On Sunday at the Philadelphia Marathon, the amazing Jennifer Pfaff put on a show. Maybe it was not her best performance. Maybe she struggled to stay in it during miles 15-20. One thing is for certain. She is an amazing talented woman and athlete who came into my life over a year ago and I have learned so much about being a great athlete and person by having her in my life. In the sixth installment of the Rocky movies, Rocky tells his son that "Life ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you get hit and still keep moving forward. How much you can take and still keep moving forward." Jenny kept fighting and crossed that finish line of another race in her successful accomplished career. Champions shine when it matters most. Jenny is a champion who shined when the chips were down and it was not her day yet she showed her heart and that carried the day! She was my guide for the second half of the CARA 20 Miler in 2010 and 2011. She also was my guide the second half of this year's Chicago Marathon. I am so lucky and privileged to know such a tremendous person.

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