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I can do it! [So says The Kid]

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: sports, running, quotes, inspirations, goals, foster kid

My foster daughter is pretty excited about my plans to run a marathon. She thinks I’m an amazing runner and that I’ll do really well. In fact, she is convinced that I will be in the top 10.

Yes, really. Even when I explained that last year there were more than 2,400 runners. Even when I explained that the top 50 last year all ran it in less than 3 hours and I ‘hope’ to finish mine in under 6.

Her response was, basically: “Well you won’t win with that attitude.”

OK, there is no way on God’s Earth that I will make it in the top 10. Or even the top 100. Or even the top 1,000. But I do like her attitude about having a positive attitude on the subject.

So to add to her inspiring words, here are some words of wisdom from Steve Prefontaine:

Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or fastest man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the fellow who thinks he can.


You can do it in 4:30. Go :B

by joannamv at 6:52am (GMT) on December 8th, 2010

I’m just so impressed that you can think you can do it - not any comment on your ability, but I don’t know that I think I could run 26+ miles!

I’m with the Kid tho, I definitely think you can do it!!


PS Training for my 10k pathetic effort starts after Christmas

by Rebecca at 9:02am (GMT) on December 8th, 2010

I don’t know that I can run 26+ miles, either! Which is why in my declaration I’ve said I may walk or crawl if needed!! Honestly, it’s going to kick my butt!

But, I do feel a bit more energised when I have a goal to work toward, which is cool.


by Just Frances at 1:19pm (GMT) on December 8th, 2010

One of my favorite quotes is from Teddy Roosevelt: “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”  I have no doubt you will finish; the only question is how fast you will be.

by Dad at 12:15am (GMT) on December 9th, 2010

I like that quote, too. Though I think the question is more correctly how slow I will be!!

by Just Frances at 12:21am (GMT) on December 9th, 2010

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