“Remember that you’ve already accomplished a victory. It’s quite an undertaking. About 30-40 percent of first-time marathoners don’t make it (to the starting line); they overtrain and they get too stressed."
(PRWEB) April 30, 2013
Tate Publishing author Mark Bravo recently chatted about his book and how he's been involved with the OKC marathon since its first year and will be serving as its color commentator for the thirteenth time this year. Mark says he was always a grateful runner but nothing like now. “The gratitude is off the charts.” After undergoing hip-replacement surgery in 2007, he’s thankful to be able to run at all. And although his marathon days may be behind him, he continues to compete in half-marathons, as well as to impact the lives of many through his writing and coaching.
At the time of the OKC bombing, Mark’s business was located at what is now the finish line of the marathon, which is how he initially got involved. What sets this race apart, he says, is that “it’s about much more than running.” The runners involved come for the cause, but also because the race is put together well. Mark told us the “Oklahoma standard” is a major reason for the success of the race, saying that the marathon represents how everyone pulled together after the tragedy.
When the two race founders were initially planning the marathon, Mark said they talked about having 1,000 people involved. This year they will exceed 24,000 runners, with 10,000 half-marathoners, 3,200 marathoners, 3,500 5K-ers, 800 five-person relay teams, and 2,500 in the kids’ marathon. "We can’t wait to cheer on all of these amazing runners along the route!"
When asked what advice he had for new marathoners. Here’s what he had to say: “Remember that you’ve already accomplished a victory. It’s quite an undertaking. About 30-40 percent of first-time marathoners don’t make it (to the starting line); they overtrain and they get too stressed. You know it’s going to be a succession of recoveries, peaks and valleys—embrace that. If it was a guarantee, everybody’d be doing it.”
In 2010, Tate Publishing released Mark’s book, Momentum, an inspirational book that emphasizes the importance of building momentum in life and turning negative momentum into positive. The response of the running community and the nation as a whole to the Boston bombings have shown what an amazing impact we all can have in transforming the momentum of a situation.
Several Boston marathoners will also be participating in Sunday’s race, taking OKC race officials up on their offer to waive the registration fee. The response from other runners has generally been that they’re more passionate about running this year than ever, and many plan to wear red socks in honor of Boston and green shoelaces in honor of the OKC bombing.