“It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.” - Bear Bryant
One thing that I have always found very difficult is off-season training. To wake up every morning bright and early to go run nine miles does not sound to intriguing to the normal person. As you all know it can be hard to double not your shoes and take off out the door but, it must be done. As I read this quote I always think of the early mornings I spend to prepare for a great season. As the well known book Once a Runner states, "Trials of Miles, Miles of Trials". Even though we may regret every step of the run that morning, and wish only to be back in bed, you must remember that every mile is a trial that you will have to overcome to have a great season. So now, every time you hear your alarm go off don't role over and slam the snooze or just plain turn it off. Instead repeat to yourself this quote and slip on your shoes and head out the door. Remember, every mile is a trial, and you must prepare to beat these trials early so that when your race comes, you can use that will to win properly.
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