Today is the 116th Boston Marathon. A 26.2 mile physical, mental and spiritual test for over 26,000 runners. And today is going to be a hot one.

Tom Fleming is a marathon runner and he actually was runner-up at in the Boston Marathon two times. When he was at his peak, Fleming would run between 150 and 175 miles a week. An amazing feat in itself. Somebody once asked him, “Do you ever NOT feel like running?”

“EVERY DAY I don’t feel like running…until I start running,” responded Fleming.

Now you may not be a marathon runner, but I can guarantee that at some point today, there will be something you don’t “feel like” doing, whether it’s working out, cleaning the house, practicing or studying. You may not be able to run 175 miles a week like Tom Fleming, but you can certainly have the same attitude as him—-do it whether you feel like it or not.

It’s a choice.

Here’s another great quote by Fleming:

Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.

Good luck today to all the marathoners…and good luck to YOU.

Life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon; take it one step at a time.

Thanks for reading.

Ed Tseng
Peak Performance Coach
Pro of the Year USTA 2005
Author of “Game. Set. Life.”
Keynote Speaker



Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Max Rubin-Happy Belated Birthday!

Larry Bird was one of the greatest shooters in basketball history. He was once shooting a commercial, and all Bird had to do was purposely miss a foul shot, take a vitamin, and then make the shot.

Well guess what?

It took Bird 10 tries until he missed the shot. He had conditioned himself to make foul shots automatically. Supposedly, he also used to be able to make 3-pointers with his eyes closed. Impressive.

Conditioning is one of the keys to greatness. It’s not about doing something once, but doing something consistently. You can condition your body and you can condition your mind, but it takes work. And it takes good habits. When Larry Bird was practicing, he used to take 1,000 free throws a day. 1,000 free throws a day!

Put in the work, get the results. It’s as simple as that.

Thanks for reading.