Susan Glickman from Tampa has logged 655 miles at the happiest place on earth and she isn't stopping anytime soon.
"It is a race like none other," she said.
The Tampa woman has run in every single Disney Marathon since the first one in 1994. She isn't the only one; 75 other runners have completed all 25 of them to date.
"My permanent number now is number 159," she said. "That's another Disney perk is we always get placement in corral A."
And in this race, timing isn't everything. Glickman's best time at Disney is 4:08. That includes the stops she may take en route to finishing the 26.2 miles around the Disney parks.
"Around the Animal Kingdom, they have animals, like literally, they will have a warthog or an owl or something that you can pet along the way!"
Glickman has kept every bib and medal from all the races she's run so far: 68 total, including 25 from the Disney marathons.
She's one of 76 who have maintained a perfect record at the house of Mickey Mouse.
"I'm so proud to be part of it and I'm humbled by it," she said. "Literally, Jeff Galloway who's an Olympian, is part of this group. It's like, my name and Jeff's name are literally on the same board for one day!" (01/09/2019) ⚡AMP
I was looking forward to my running retreat in Carmel CA after 3 weeks of non-stop travel. Intuitively I felt that a good run would “wake up” the circuit in my brain that improves motivation. But it wasn’t happening. During the first 10 minutes my legs felt heavy and un-responsive--the switch wasn’t turning on. I thought about turning around. But then I remembered what I learned when researching for my book MENTAL TRAINING: If you activate the human brain with a “checklist” of cognitive thoughts and questions, and make strategic adjustments, a bad run can turn into a good one. We have two brain operating systems. The ancient, subconscious (monkey) brain has thousands of stimulus-response behavior patterns embedded. We will usually start our workouts with a standard routine that is conducted by this brain control center. Our human brain is a different entity which we activate by consciously focusing on what we are doing and setting up a strategy. If we default to the ancient reflex brain, motivation is often influenced by stress:: stress from weather, time crunch, fatigue, life, etc., will trigger anxiety and then negative hormones when the “monkey brain” is in control. But if you have a strategy, you can activate the human brain which over-rides the “monkey” and stops the flow of negative hormones that bring your motivation down. Here are some questions and tips that can activate your conscious brain and take control over motivation. How to be motivated when you might not feel like running? 1. Pick a short amount of running which seems really easy, followed by a longer walk break. Once you start, you can adjust or enjoy the original strategy. 2.Run with a friend, talk, and pull one another along. 3. Have a positive or funny friend who you can text or call before, during and after a run. 4. Tell yourself that you are only going to run for 5 minutes—once started, you will tend to continue. 5. Make sure your blood sugar is adequate. Within 30 minutes before a run, eat a 100 calorie snack such as an energy bar or the proven sports drink. (09/20/2018) ⚡AMPby Jeff Galloway