It’s always a fun conversation on Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell’s Another Mother Runner podcast. I joined them to discuss Racing Wisely, intention and goals, and smart pacing. I suggested they need to be lazy and stubborn; in exchange, they somehow pegged me as Shirley from Laverne and Shirley. Maybe worse things could happen—Shirley had her act together, right? So will you after you put some thought into your race plan. To begin, listen to the podcast and read Racing Wisely. And don’t let the photo make you think you have to be in a serious race to aim to do your best—in this shot, I’m happily celebrating reaching my public goal of making it to the end of a tough race, and my reach goal of not being the last American to finish 2008 Triathlon Worlds.