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Inspiring Hope at the IRONMAN World Championship

On October 10th, professional triathlete and Inheritance of Hope supporter Ruth Brennan Morrey, Ph.D., competed in the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  She's 1 of only 9 American women to compete in the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run, and she finished 23rd among professional female athletes worldwide. Due to her years of training, Ruth has a unique perspective on resilience, perseverance, and faith. She also turned 40 years old on race day!

 

Ruth served as a counselor on the Inheritance of Hope (IoH) NYC Legacy Retreat® in November 2014, and she raised money for IoH as part of her desire to give back through her IRONMAN experience. Her supporters rallied around her passion for families facing the loss of a parent, raising nearly $5,000!  Her efforts will fully fund 1 family's NYC Legacy Retreat® next month -- an opportunity to make precious memories while they are still able!

 

Ruth has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a focus in health psychology, thus she brings a strong skill set to her involvement with IoH. Here, we asked Ruth a few questions prior to her race and heard her thoughts on how her experiences relate to IoH and life at large.


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How Long To Focus On Big Event

The big question I get from many athletes is when do I need to start focusing on my training if I'm doing "x" event on "x" date. I'm here to say that yes there is too long and yes there is too short. So that begs to ask the question stated above, how long to focus on a big event. 

Some may say a year in advance, and depending on who you ask you may come across different answers, but what I find best is 6-8 months of structured training leading up to an event works best. There are so many things that go with this though that I feel I must touch on all aspects regarding time and training load. 


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STOP WORRYING ABOUT UNCONTROLLABLES

One of the biggest wastes of time and stress are uncontrollables. As a coach, I can't tell you how many times I've had athletes ask me questions of concern regarding things that weren't within their  control. Such things that come to mind are wind direction, pool closings, weather, flat tires, torn shoe laces, ripped shoes, or any other detrimental misfortune. The following post will touch on methods to look past these pesky uncontrollables. If you can take away any of these pieces of information, you may find that your training and races become much more enjoyable and you stop putting so much pressure or stress upon yourself.


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Why 90% is better than 100% this year

I could have simply put the title of this piece as "moderation=success", but that could have been mistaken and left to thought from a subjective perspective. Therefore, because I wanted to be more concrete and objective with this piece, I'm tying in ab2ap3_thumbnail_DSC_0422.jpg percentage that you should always keep in the back of your mind. That percentage for your new year is 90% 


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Extreme Training

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It's that time of year to start thinking about a training plan for your summer or fall race.  Training for a race can often be extreme... like, going out on a 20 mile run on a Saturday morning ... or, swimming a mile and then jumping on your bike for a 10 mile sprint.  It's going through the extremes that helps you to enjoy the journey.  The extremes condition you so you can cover the distance with less pain.  Today I want to tell you about an extreme journey taken by my friend Angela Bailey...


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Training

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I have been training for a marathon for the past several months.  It has been long, hard work for me.  I have never enjoyed running and never thought I would be participating in any sort of race, let alone a 26.2 mile one!

One of the places that I have been doing most of my longer training runs is a beautiful park.  It has 2 huge playgrounds, a skateboard ramp, a fenced in dog play area, covered picnic tables and a 1 mile paved track.

Usually when I am there I am circling that 1 mile loop of pavement anywhere from 13-20 times.  (I know it's crazy!!!) Anyway, I often see the same familiar faces during my many loops. 


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Triple Your Money

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I cannot believe I will be running 26.2 miles in just 1 month.  It is something I never thought I would do.

I have been training with an amazing team for the past several months, most of whom I have never met.

There are, however, a few people who I know really well that I look forward to seeing on race day!


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"Gearing" Up For Fall Runs

There are so many great races in the fall.  From 5Ks to Marathons, what you wear has a big impact on your performance.  From shoes to hats, it is good practice to plan your race day wardrobe weeks before the race...

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What To Eat When Training?

I want to feel as good as Will looks when I run!

I want to feel as good as Will looks when I run!

Today I was speaking with one of our Marine Corps Marathon runners about what to eat for optimal strength, energy and recovery when training and racing.  She mentioned she eats quite healthy - lots of raw food and lean cuts - but she wanted to know if there was more she could do to aid her body in this endeavor to prepare for race day this October 30th.


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MCM Countdown: 16 weeks

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When a runner hears that the marathon race he registered for is 16 weeks out, bells and whistles sound in his most inner-being.  If he hasn't already, this will be the week that he begins his marathon training plan.  I ran my first marathon in 2007 - the ING NYC Marathon...


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