All of the training and hours it took are about to come to head this Sunday. Am I ready to run the California International Marathon? Oh yes. But still, despite the fact that I’ve run 15 marathons, there is still that twinge of doubt. Will I finish this time? Will I qualify for Boston this time? Will I really be able to break four hours?
You see, all of my experience is working for me and against me. Yes, the recent successful experiences of running two personal records in my fifties, first at Boston 2009 in 3:53:42 at age 54 and then at Lincoln, NB 2011 at age 56 gave me a level of confidence that I know I can finish in under four hours. However, the recent not so successful experience (Boston 2012 finishing in 5:26:47) showed me that anything can happen once you start a marathon.
But a marathon goal is really no different than any challenging goal you set for yourself. Maybe you set a goal to lose a certain amount of weight or set a goal to start a business. In each case, you start with a goal, develop a plan, stick to the plan proceeding one step at a time, and then just keep going…keep going until you cross the finish line. Action, discipline and perseverance. Focus on the activity and the results will take care of themselves.
Whatever the result is at the marathon on Sunday, I will have succeeded. First of all I finished the training which really is the hardest part. Once I step out on that course, I’ll take that first step and then the second and just keep going. I know when I cross that finish line—now matter the time that I will feel that familiar sense of accomplishment and excitement. I took a shot and jumped in. I’m living life striving to be the best I can be and it doesn’t matter what age I happen to be. The marathon transformed my life.
Whatever goals you have, don’t get discouraged because it’s not happening soon enough or you think you’re running out of time. Take the first step, then the second step and just keep going. Let’s break barriers together!
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