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I GOT This!

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Hi! This is Coach MK and this is the Morning Mantra - MKs bouncing off the walls all day long! Today’s mantra is: “I GOT this!”


I GOT this! Recently my three year old has been trying to convince us that she has a loose tooth. She doesn’t. She’s way too little. But it’s very cute that she is certain that this is happening. And she is so excited for the Tooth Fairy to come visit, and leave a toy somewhere in her room, and take the tooth out from underneath her pillow. And GOD I can’t tell you, man. That is just creepy. How in the world did we decide that this is not only normal, but cute to let kids think that strangers coming to their room at night, in the middle of the night, is totally okay? AHHHHHH!


I’ve been wondering how to sort of manage this. At the same time, she has decided that she can fly. She is certain of this and has tried to prove to us multiple times by jumping off things. She’s three. She is beautiful. She is certain with the depth of confidence that I can’t begin to shake and I’m not sure I want to. Because you see, the one time, once upon a time, all of us were three years old. And we truly believed something totally insane, like we can fly or hey, a fairy’s going to come take my teeth and give me candy, it’s gonna be amazing.


The things that we believed in, the things we thought we were capable of, were boundless and endless with this huge imagination. And the confidence that kinda went along with it, until it didn’t anymore. Until we knew better. Until we grew up a little bit. And I’m not sure when that process began, but I’m really cognizant of it now. Because I don’t want to tell her, hey, people being in your room at night is creepy, because there’s something about ruining the magic there. And I don’t want to say, hey girl, you will never fly. Because really, what do I know?


Tonight’s mantra is being recorded in a hotel room in New York City, I’m here for the marathon. The marathon, by the way, that I’m not running this year, my body’s been through enough. I’m just gonna cheer. But cheering is plenty this year. And I can’t help but wonder too, in this city that never sleeps, in this city that is full of people, overly full of people. A city so big and so bustling, where the best of the best all come to congregate, where you would have to be borderline narcissistic delusional confident to think you could come here and stand out in any way. You’d really need the confidence of a three year old. Specifically a three year old who thinks she can fly.


How do some of us retain that confidence and others don’t? I’m not really sure. But I can tell you this: If you’ve been training with me for 20 weeks, if you’ve been doing the work at all, there is no delusion in your confidence. You are prepared. If you’re racing this weekend, if you’re racing next weekend, if you’re doing the work, if you’re putting in the time, yeah maybe it’s a little borderline delusional to think that hey, you’re just going to show up and beat people that have been doing this for 20 years. But it is not delusional at all to think that you’re gonna show up and do well and blow your own mind. You might not be the best of the best, but you don’t have to be. I want you to conjure that confidence of a beautiful bright three year old that believes in fairies and wings on her own back, and get ready to fly this weekend. If you’ve done the work, a reward is coming your way. Go get it!


You GOT this! You are coached, you are loved, and you are winning at life.

Coach MK Fleming is the founder of Fitness Protection, LLC where she coaches all kinds of runners for $30 per month and gives marathon plans away for free. Click here to download her Marathon Selection Guide!

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