With 88 days to go until race day, I’m re-starting the half-marathon training from scratch. My initial attempt stalled at week four due to joint pain and bad running-shoe situation. After two weeks of assiduous icing and little running, my knees feel better. Plus I got a new pair of fancy cushy running shoes.

Today I ran 3.1 miles in 38 minutes, averaging a leisurely pace of 12.3 minutes per mile. Then I climbed eight flights of stairs back to the apartment.

Last weekend I heard the story of Diane Van Deren on the radio. Diane is one of the world’s best ultra-runners whose potentially fatal disability turned into a record-breaking ability. At the core of the story, Diane talks about how she simply listens for the steady rhythm of her own feet running at eight miles per hour. This is how she keeps going. How she wins multiday races of 1,000 miles and sometimes longer. A true feat of mind over matter.

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”

– George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912