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Well-Done Wednesday (8/1/2012)

Happy Wednesday to you all! Here’s this Wednesday’s picks, be sure to read the subtitles on the Kilian Jornet video!

1.Greatness is NOT Just in London, England – Greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it.

2. Running Inspiration in Tough Times – from Genki Kitty’s Blog

from Genki Kitty’s Blog

3. The Big Question Mark of Your Day- Think you have a good excuse not to run today? Not a chance. – from Running Myles

4. Summits of My Life – Kilian Jornet fascinates me.  from Chris’ Ultra Blog

5. A Life That Leads – “You are living a life that leads, dear runner. And you will serve society well by stepping confidently into this role…” – from lovingtherun.com

Overheard – An inspiring story of courage from Ronald McDonald House Charities – from Team RMHC

Happy Wednesday All:) Tune back in for next week’s picks and feel free to send me any you may have found to jack@themotivatedrunner.com!

Always in Stride,

Jack

Well-Done Wednesday (7/11/2012)

Happy Wednesday to you all! Hope your week is off to a great start and your runs are enjoyable:) Here’s this Wednesday’s picks:

1.Stop Lying to Yourself and Rid of the Excuses – “Happiness is an inside job.  I had to fix my insides before I could accept the position, and to do that, I had to discard the excuses.” – from Fit Recovery.

2. “The Difference, Go World” – Nothing better than some Morgan Freeman narrated motivation.

3. Thinking of Skipping Your Run? Not So Fast… - Try these tips to get your butt out the door. – from Canadian Living

4. Log Off. Shut Down. Go Run. – from MuscleQuotes.com

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From MuscleQuotes.com

5. 101 Reasons to Run a Marathon – from www.runaddicts.net

Happy Wednesday All:) Tune back in for next week’s picks and feel free to send me any you may have found to jack@themotivatedrunner.com!

Always in Stride,

Jack

Well-Done Wednesday (3/28/2012)

Happy Wednesday! Last week we got a great response to Well-Done Wednesday so we are going to be continuing on this new addition to the blog! Here are this week’s picks!

1. We Need More Runners Like This One – “I tell you this because all this positive energy tends to spill out onto random people when I run. When I see someone out running, working really hard and you can tell it’s tough, I always smile at them. Or if I see someone who just has to come to a stop for a rest, I’ll say “You’re doing a great job!”” from asolorunner!

2. Inspiring Running Challenge With a Wonderful Purpose – “Each morning or night before our runs we hold hands in a closed circle and share who we’re dedicating our run to that day – why we’re running! The circles bring smiles, laughs, and tears. Most importantly, they remind us why we’re running 3,080 Miles over the next 21 days.” from Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults!

3. Great Guide on a Lot of Things Running – “Today I came across this Infographic on the Greatist.com website and HAD to share it with you.  Even if you’re not a runner, it has some interesting facts.” from Fancy Oatmeal!

4. Amusing London 2012 Olympics Commercial – I don’t know about you, but I’m getting excited for London 2012! This commercial put a smile on my face:)

5. I’m a Runner Moment – “I just had my first, “hey, I’m a runner moment” last night.” from Run Big Boy. Fun post about the running community and how easy it is to make a connection with other runners.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Well-Done Wednesday pieces! Check back next Wednesday for a new 5!

Share with a comment what you have found this week or what you think of these pieces! It just might get included in next week’s 5!

Always in Stride,

Jack

The Lost Art of Sportsmanship

There is one man I will always look up to and admire above all others. He is my career advisor, life coach, and best friend. He is my Dad. As with most fathers, he has worked to pass on his advice on all the various aspects of life based on his own experiences. There have been times when I have rolled my eyes at his advice or ignored it, but when it comes down to it, I have found it to be invaluable. During one of our phone calls this week we spoke about a lesson he was helping one of his coworkers to teach his son. It is the lesson that sticks out most to me when I recall memories of my childhood: gracious winner, gracious loser or as Dad says for short, “GWGL”.

These four simple words have taught me more about sports and life than any others. It means to always be a great sport, regardless of outcome. It means to shake hands with your opponent, congratulate them on a great race/game, and to always show respect for them. It means to practice “The Code” as told in our video from Nebraska Football: “If we should win, let it be by the code, Faith and Honor held high. If we should lose, we’ll stand by the road, and cheer as the winners go by.” My Dad would always tell me “GWGL” before and after each game. Though this advice was not always the easiest medicine to take, I always found I felt better about myself when I heeded this advice.

Dad and I during a baseball game in my younger years.

It seems these days that sportsmanship is becoming more and more of a lost art. The commercialization of sports paired with big egos has seemed to cause many to forget the basic meaning of why we play. Sport is not about multi-million dollar contracts, large stadiums, endorsement deals, or fame. In its most elemental form, sport is about inspired competition against yourself and against others. As I watched the US Olympic Marathon Trials, I realized that this is one of the many reasons why I love running so much. When it comes to sportsmanship, I can think of no better showcase than running. There are no personal fouls or unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in running because they are not necessary. The running community is about having a great race as defined by you and encouraging others.

My challenge to you for the week and throughout your life is to always be a gracious winner and gracious loser. Before the race wish your opponents good luck, offer encouragement during the race, and congratulate them after. It does not require much effort to implement these actions but offers a large reward. It is a great reflection of self and showing of character. You can be sure that if I should ever decide to go down the road of marriage/kids, the first lesson they will be taught will be “gracious winner, gracious loser”.

Always In Stride,

Jack

Dad and I soaking up the wonders of the world.

Song of the Week – Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons

Quote of the Week – “Simply trying to define sportsmanship, I think most folks would agree, responsibility and self respect, qualities that today seem in short supply at times. If character is what you do when no one is watching, then perhaps sportsmanship is that conduct with everybody watching. Frankly, the sports industry would probably survive without sportsmanship. It’s so large and so well financed, but it would be refreshing if more parents and coaches, more administrators and more journalists, and especially more players realized there is room to win with flare and style and even get rich and still keep the values that first brought us here to the games.”- Bob Ley

Video of the Week – Nebraska Huskers Code