Anyone can become a champion through hard work, a consistent BIG effort, and having achievable dreams.” Tom Fleming, legendary runner
Tom Fleming, widely admired as one of world’s best marathoners, won the NYC Marathon 50 years ago yesterday.
Over his career, Tom won a host of marathons in New York, Cleveland, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. More than a sports legend, he was also an outstanding teacher and motivator. He was known for his passion for running — it fueled amazing his 100- to 150-mile-per-week training regimen; at times, he ran 200 miles a week while training for a race. Here are three quotes from Tom to inspire and encourage us:
“Most of the time, I don’t feel like running until I start running” — We all know the feeling: We should be writing, but we don’t feel like it. There’s a simple solution: Start writing and pretty soon, you’ll feel like writing and you’ll keep writing. Put yourself in motion: resistance melts away and you are off and running.
“Somewhere, someone in the world is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win” — This reminds us that pursuing our writing goals takes persistence and steady, relentless practice. We need to stay hungry and focused. One way to do this is to think of other writers burning the midnight oil while we’re doing something else.
“If you want to become a better runner, you have to run more often. It is that easy” — I love this! If you want to be a runner, then run. If you want to be a writer, then write. In the end, you need to lace up your running shoes and running — or put your butt in the chair and start writing. All too often, we make things so complicated — it gives us an excuse not to do what we need to do. Getting better is all about constant and continuous practice on the track or on the page. Write on!
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