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Boston Or Bust! (Hopefully, Not Bust.)

My suitcase is full and John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane” has been going through my head all morning. I’m off to Boston today! I’ll be spending the weekend with friends, family, and thousands of runners eager to see the dawn in Hopkinton for the start of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

I’ve been getting mixed messages about the course. One friend says Heartbreak Hill is nothing to laugh at and to prepare for the worst, and another says it’s really not that bad and that I may not even realize I’m on it when I get there. But they all agree with the race strategy I got from Coach Neil: “Keep your pace under control, hold back until you get to Route 128, and from there run with abandon.” Control and abandon are now my Boston Marathon power words.

Control. Control. Control. Abandon!

The next time you hear from me I will be a Boston finisher! I promise to feel every good thought you send my way on Monday—I’ll need them all to get through those tough 26.2 miles. I can’t wait to tell you about the experience!

Countdown to the Boston Marathon: 3 days!

Do you use power words to help you get through a tough workout? What are your big weekend plans?

Originally posted in Running With It on Shape.com.
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