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My Crazy Sister teaches us a lesson!

June 2, 2016

I’m reading this book and wanted to share this quote with you.  “Now, I’m not sure if you have ever seen an ultra-marathon before, but the competitors are an interesting breed of humans.” (from “Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet” by Jesse Itzler)

This week’s in a Nutshell from http://www.chabad.or

G‑d promises that if the people of Israel will keep His commandments, they will enjoy material prosperity and dwell secure in their homeland. But He also delivers a harsh “rebuke,” warning of the exile, persecution and other evils that will befall them if they abandon their covenant with Him.

Nevertheless, “Even when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away; nor will I ever abhor them, to destroy them and to break My covenant with them; for I am the L‑rd their G‑d.”

The Parshah concludes with the rules on how to calculate the values of different types of pledges made to G‑d, and the mitzvah of tithing produce and livestock.

I was not planning a Blog this week, but after watching The Comrades Ultra Marathon last week and how well my sister Hayley and some friends did, I thought I would share a thought and a few quotes.

This is how some friends Mark Franks and Daniel Bierenkrant who both completed Comrades summed it up –

“Hi Ian. Thanks for your support. A truly gruelling race!  Anyway time for some R&R now!  Have a good week.” – Mark Franks

“Thanks guys for your kind messages. It is a truly amazing event. The crowds lining the streets and the encouragement was inspirational. Felt strong through the first 65-70k but as they say the race starts at 70. The last 20 was gruelling. Both legs cramping up and needed to break it down into bite size pieces of run/walk. We are really happy with our result and do feel that the hard work paid off. Now time for a little celebration!” – Daniel Bierenkrant

Hayley has been injured most this year and says her longest Comrades training run was only ~30kms. A number of people including me said she should not do it and focus on recovery and her next event. Hayley being Hayley did not listen and finished Comrades. PLUS taught us a few lessons in achieving goals (or completing bucket list events), not giving up, how far the body can be pushed, the power of the mind and maybe Hilton Kahlberg’s theory of “Training Less 4 Marathons” is the correct approach. (AND How not to listen to people).

I noticed 2 quotes that sum up her unbelievable achievement from the world’s greatest sportsmen:

“As I child I dreamed. But I stopped dreaming & started doing. Becuz it’s the power of DOING that makes dreams happen” – Usain Bolt

“Nobody is going to put a limit on what I’m doing.” -Michael Phelps

Well done Hayley, Mark, Daniel and all those people who finished Comrades. PS My Crazy Sister teaches us a lesson! AND does us all proud.

To end a quote:

When you think you’re done, you’re only at forty percent of what your body is capable of doing. That’s just the limit that we put on ourselves.”(from “Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet” by Jesse Itzler)





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