>Shut up and put your money where your mouth is…

June 18, 2009 § Leave a comment

>It’s getting to that time. We’re within the 10 day window of Western States. A lot of predictions have been made. A lot of expectations have been set. But, in the words of Katy Perry’s “Waking up in Vegas” it’s about that time to shut up, and put your money where your mouth is. It doesn’t matter anymore who everyone thinks will be first — what matters now is whose bank has the money in it, whose barn has the hay, and will they show up next Saturday and have a flawless race?

I can’t even properly convey through my limited but amazing vocab how excited I am for this race. In search of a little motivation, I wanted to share two things. The first is a quote from AJW’s blog:

“In the last 30 miles of a 100 miler everybody’s hurting. Everybody is way beyond physical fatigue and mental, emotional, and psychological fatigue is setting in, Big Time. If you want to succeed in these things you need to know that, dig deep, and fight it. In the end, you need to race every step like there’s someone three minutes ahead of you and someone three minutes behind you.”

The second, is Jeff Johnson’s speech to Borderclash runners the night before the 2001 race.

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