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"What Dreams Are Made Of..."

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

Motivational Message:


This is our last week “training” together. Not much to write about. It’s all about deeds, and not words at this point. We’re in “execute” mode now, so just use your instincts and trust in your ability to adapt and endure along the way.


To fly through your finish line, I’ll leave you with this song and video. It’s a “classic” that has stayed with me over the years. Simply put, it’s what dreams are made of…



World turns black and white, pictures in an empty room,

Your love starts fallin’ down, better change your tune.

Yeah, you reach for the golden ring, reach for the sky!

Baby, just spread your wings…


We’ll get higher and higher, straight up we’ll climb.

We’ll get higher and higher, leave it all behind…


Run, run, run away… Like a train running off the track.

Got the truth bein’ left behind, falls between the cracks

Standin’ on broken dreams, never losin’ sight, ah!

Well, just spread your wings…


Yeah! We’ll get higher and higher, straight up we’ll climb.

Higher and higher, leave it all behind.

Oh, we’ll get higher and higher, who knows what we’ll find???


So baby, dry your eyes, save all the tears you’ve cried,

Oh, that’s what dreams are made of…

Oh baby, we belong in a world that must be strong,

Oh, that’s what dreams are made of…


And in the end, on dreams we will depend,

Because that’s what love is made of…


Van Halen singing “Dreams” (Courtesy of VH1 Classic)

To view video, click here


Make it a good week! Until next time…


God Bless,





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This Week’s Training Schedule

For a bunch of reasons, I was only able to complete 3 out of 6 workouts last week. Misses were choices I made based on weighing all other priorities. Good news was that I did manage to complete my most important workout for the week: The 14-mile “Clydesdale Run.”


I’ve been asked several times, “What is a Clydesdale Run?” In short, it’s a state of mind that is necessary for me when running long distance. Although the mileage for the workouts can differ, the structure is generally the same:

  • 2 mile warm-up (~19 min)
  • (10) 1-mile repeats with 1 min water break in between intervals (8:57 min / miles)
  • 2 mile run under 18 minutes 

During each of the 3 parts in the above workout, I make it a point to check my running form every 5 minutes. Eyes must stare through the horizon with my chin pointed slightly upward. Shoulders are down and arms are swinging in a relaxed motion with my thumbs and index fingers barely touching forming small circles. My upper body is stretched out long with hips slightly forward and chest leaning out. Breathing is deep and flowing with teeth unclinched (like Trout as advised by my friend and long time runner Mike Kohlbrenner). For my form to be perfect, my legs must be underneath me, hips and knees rolling, feeling extremely strong, as if I was a Clydesdale. Then the counting begins. 1-2-3-4… While in this completely relaxed yet powerful running position, my left foot needs to hit the ground somewhere between 88-92 steps per minute.


After over 2 hours of running like a Clydesdale, something extremely important happens.   Before long, I imagine myself as one of the Budweiser Clydesdales proudly trotting forward and pulling the cart with the other horses. Then as the miles continue, I feel like an Offensive Lineman again pushing the bag, or better yet, pushing the Defensive Lineman into the end-zone as the running back scores off the seam I’ve created. Either way, nothing stops me from getting to the finish line. It’s a total reversal of psychology. As I pass the thin, lean runner who has unwisely spent all of their energy in the earlier parts of a race, I tell them to “hang in there” as I pass. Then their frustrated look turns into a smile followed by a spark of hope… I see them thinking, “Hey, if that big guy can do it, so can I.”


So, for those asking me what a “Clydesdale Run” is, there you go. Don’t let the description fool you though. All it is, is me accepting myself for who I am (big) and turning it into the most positive imagery possible. Just accept who you are as well and I guarantee you will get the same results too (even outside of racing).


Anyway, here’s this week’s workout. After this week, all workouts will decrease significantly in volume as I let my body recover. I’ve grown to learn that I can get penalized severely, if I attempt “cramming” workouts in days before race day. My last race is the Westchester 70.3 Mile Toughman on September 11th. Distances are 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run.


Monday:  Swim 15 x 100m / Run 2 x 800m & 4 x 200m

Tuesday:  Bike 36 miles / Run 7 miles

Wednesday:  Swim 3000m / Bike 26 miles

Thursday: Swim 20 x 25m & 10 x 50m / “300 Workout”

Friday:  Bike 75 miles (4 hours) / Run 5 miles

Saturday:  Clydesdale Run 9 miles

Sunday:  Rest / Swim with Kids