Sole To Soul Running


Soul Running

This is going to be a short and sweet post pertaining to soul running.

Soul running.

What is that?

It is running with your full focus and commitment to your objective.

There isn’t any amount of failure that is going to stop you from reaching the reality you envision.

I had you, the visitor to, on my mind this morning.

Have you had a bad race lately? Stress and responsibilities taking their toll on your training?

corporate wellness plansI am with you. This song has always kept me motivated when things popped up, out of my control.

You have to have something to keep the fire going.

This is a timeless classic that I wanted to share with you.

I always try to deal with disappointment by surrounding myself with as much inspirational material as possible.

Music does that for most of us.

James Brown always had that funk.

He was a master at what he did and people loved him for it.

If you have had a bad race lately or think you don’t make the grade to be a great runner.

Get out of that mindset.

You have all the tools and sometimes a damn good song, something inspirational is all you need to keep going.

Stay Positive And Focused

Keep trying, because the alternative is giving up and letting go of what you really want.

I have been running for over 23 years and I kid you not, this song has rolled through my head in races, preparing for competitions.

Keep the mindset that no matter what, you are going to reach your goal.

The best athletes always look ahead.

Think they haven’t failed?

Failure Does Not Mean The End

The best take a failure and use it for future success.

Haile is one of countless other examples of individuals who simply won’t quit on their goals.

Use their example and take something from it.

running performance, soul runningIt doesn’t matter if you are an elite athlete or not.

Anyone can take something from this.

Remember the message.

If you are looking at a goal you missed in the past.

Go get some!

Pay yourself back by making the effort to not lose sight of what your fighting for.

Stay Committed To Your Goals

You are not too old.

You are just as capable as anyone else and you can run anytime you truly set your mind to.

This isn’t fluff either.

I am not going to blow sunshine at you.

You are going to have to do some serious work.

I guarantee you if you give every breath and effort you possess into going after a goal you have your heart set on…could be dropping a few pounds, running your first 5K , forming a business around something you love, or breaking a personal best…you will have no regrets and that is the way to live.

Expect The Journey To Be Difficult

I trained harder than I ever have in my life to earn a 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials standard.

I needed a 2.19.00 with a 2.19.35 PR. 35 seconds…shouldn’t be so hard right?


patience running thinI may have missed the mark getting the time.

I know the people who know me and I trained with can attest that I destroyed it already with my mindset and the way I worked.

I can live with that…and I am not done.

Keep fighting.

The best never stop trying.

They do not know what it means to quit.


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4 thoughts on “Sole To Soul Running

  1. Nathan, I found your blog today after reading the article posted at Marathon Nation regarding having patience. I was so impressed. It was such a perfect write up for me to find at this point in my training. I’ve run 3 marathons and training for my 4th. I’m getting a little burned out already so your blog is PERFECT!
    I’ve scanned your previous posts but want to read through each one carefully. The info. and experience you offer is so valuable at this juncture in training for early Spring marathons. Keep writing – you’re good. 🙂

  2. Hi Joanne, welcome to I am glad you stopped in and appreciate your kind comments. I have always wanted to help people in the sport. It is all I have ever known and has been a huge passion of mine for the past 20+ years.

    Please stop in again. I understand the feelings of burn out, frustration of trying so hard to master something in training/racing you have tried to overcome. If your goal oriented already, which I can tell you are, you have to keep pushing. Great races don’t always come through as quickly as we want. I thought after returning back to the Army WCAP after having run 2.19.35…2.19.00 for the 2012 Trials was surely doable…those 35 seconds were MUCH harder to get…

    ….you just have to have a great deal of patience. It doesn’t matter what ability level you are at…that is so important. Be patient and stay focused…hopefully something I haven’t written will help you. I’ll post videos on here from time to time which I hope will assist as well.

    I am back from a 15 hour military work day so am going to get some rest but wanted to say thanks for stopping in. Let me know if you have any further questions and if I can help you out in your training.

    Best Wishes,

  3. Hi Joanne,

    Thanks for your message and am looking forward to hearing how your 4th marathon goes. Where are you racing? Hang in there! How long have you been training for this marathon? Anything longer then 12 weeks? My two best marathons came from a 12 week plan. You can still get solid results in 16 weeks but anything further then that it will burn you out.

    I hope what I write can help and assist your training. I have a lot going on with the site itself and other projects but am honored to have you here on rundreamachieve.

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