ING Miami Marathon: Pro Tips for Surviving the Race from South Beach Runner The Raven
I wear as little as possible. Shorts, shoes, and I wear one black glove--that's my power.
A black glove?
I wear a black glove. It's my power. And I never wear a shirt. I just wear a headband to get the hair out of my eyes. That's about it. People wear all these fancy things, all kinds of packs and everything, and these fancy shirts and shoes. I say, wear as little as possible.
But I want to know more about this black glove.
I found my first glove in 1977 on 38th Street beach where I had met a girl a few years before. I fell for her and she was long gone. I found that glove just where I met her. I put it on and I felt a surge going through my body. I wear a glove, even though it's not the same glove, but I've worn a glove ever since and I never quit because of that glove. I also keep my keys in my gloves, so I have my keys right in my hand.
I've gone through rubber gloves, diving gloves. Right now I've got a winter glove that I'm wearing. I have all kinds of black gloves--it's always just one and I've never bought a glove, people either give them to me, or I just find them.
Runners need to stay motivated and keep their morale high. Should they take something with them that gives them power, such as your glove?
A lucky charm, a necklace, a bracelet, a coin--something that when things get rough they can just hold on to that and grab it and pray for God's power to get them through it. It's a lot of mental work. Ninety percent of this is all mental. Whether its my eight miles or a marathon.
Is listening to music a good idea?
I never listen to music because I always have a group that runs with me. It gets some people through it, but it also gets some people going too fast and works them up too much. But if it gets people through it, then I guess it's all right. I personally don't.
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