You nailed it. I said so.

My run coach asked me to guest-host today’s episode of her podcast, the Morning Mantra. This is her conduit to her athletes and to everyone who relies on her in some way for support, courage, love, and affirmation. She records it every day, which is nothing short of amazing. Recording yourself is really hard and triggering and cringe-inducing, and even on a technical level it takes some skill (note that you can hear the difference between my sound quality and hers when they’re spliced side by side), but she makes it seem easy. And though she is a really good run coach, and though most of her audience is composed of athletes, her podcast isn’t about running. As she likes to say, even the running we do isn’t really about the running. It’s about a need for something that’s usually much, much deeper.

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Enjoy the mystery

Determined to run by feel and to eradicate my dependence on splits and data, I had set my watch for the Reebok 10K to display only one metric: altitude. For a famously flat race, at sea level. That’s right, I told myself, if you look at that watch, all you’re going to get is a random number that makes no sense and has no relevance to the work at hand. This race is all about feel. Am I holding back enough in mile 1? Am I picking it up in mile 2? Am I wanting to drop out at mile 3? Am I…setting an all-time personal record at mile 4?

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Hey man, I’m not here to have fun.

Today at noon, I will be lining up on Charles Street to run the annual Reebok Boston 10K for Women, formerly known as the Tufts 10K for Women, formerly-formerly known as the Bonne Belle. The weather looks decent for racing, for which I can count myself very lucky. I have no idea what kind of day I personally will have, but here’s the goal: care deeply about my performance, and care not at all about my finish time.

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