Mon 25 Apr 2011
As I coast into the final week before the Lincoln Marathon on Sunday, May 1st, I am preparing myself for the ominous task ahead. I completed the training—I trained hard and remained strong, so my body is ready to perform. Now, the real test begins…preparing my mind to allow my body to do what I’ve trained it so hard to do—complete the 26.2 mile course and complete it strong.
Well…here goes—my goal is much more than that. I intend to beat 4 hours AND to run the Boston Marathon again. This is no easy task since the entrance requirements to get into Boston have changed.** But a question is popping up in my mind.
What if I fail?
Considering all of my previous “failures”, you think I would learn to not set such a lofty goal for myself. Let me explain.
If you reviewed my story on this blog, you read how I broke the magic 4-hour barrier when I was 40 years old which started my marathon mania. I ran 9 more marathons in 14 years and never even came close to breaking the 4-hour mark again…not even close. When I gave up the yearning for the goal and made peace with my running, the incredible happened. At the next marathon I ran, the Kansas City Marathon, I beat 4 hours AND I qualified for Boston—a dream come true. When I ran Boston in April 2009, I ran the fastest marathon of my life (3:53:42) at the age of 54.
With the new entrance requirements for the Boston Marathon now in place, I will probably need to run a 3:50 to be able to run Boston again. That would require me to cut close to 4 minutes off my time and run another personal record (PR) at the age of 56. I know! Pretty ambitious you are thinking—or maybe a better word is irrational…crazy…stupid.
So what did I learn from my years and years of trying so hard to reach what I thought was an impossible goal? Well…I learned that nothing is impossible—not even a PR at the age of 56.
There is a difference between yearning for something we want and believing it to be true. Our thoughts, our intentions always come true. I wanted to break 4 hours so badly that my thoughts pushed it away. I stressed and stewed and got angry. These are not the thoughts that create winning performances.
My PR happened in Boston because I was grateful and happy to be there. Sure, I worked hard and I prepared, but the quality of my thoughts were totally different. Deep down, I anticipated success, not fear if I didn’t reach my goal.
My success was due to a universal law called the Law of Attraction. According to the book, Ask and It Is Given, Learning to Manifest Your Desires, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, The Law of Attraction says: That which is like unto itself is drawn. This is the most powerful law in the universe.
A good example of the principle of this law is when you turn on your radio to a channel, say 101FM. You do not expect to hear music from 98.6FM because you did not tune into that vibrational frequency—it doesn’t match.
According to the Law of Attraction, you draw to you the essence of whatever you are predominantly thinking about because thoughts have a vibrational frequency. When I was trying to break 4 hours in the marathon all those years, I was focused more on the absence of my desire. I felt anger and frustration—it didn’t feel good and created a low vibrational frequency. When I became at peace with my desire and appreciated what I had accomplished, I achieved vibrational harmony with my desire allowing it to come true.
Producing a different thought and, therefore, emotion in the face of the events happening in your life at this moment is a very difficult thing to do. But it is a worthwhile endeavor if you want to change your future. Another book I recommend is You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay.
So, I put myself on the line with my new goal. I am moving forward with an anticipation of success and confidence. But…what if I fail? The thought makes my stomach churn. It is a thought that I will work hard to keep out of my mind. When I stand on the starting line in Lincoln, Nebraska, I will focus on the excitement I feel and I will intend to have fun. I will run how I feel.
My final pre-marathon thoughts—what fun is life without setting a seemingly impossible goal? What is failure—really? Is it not the striving for the goal that is really the success?
I look forward to reporting on the Lincoln Marathon on my next post.
Next—The Lincoln Marathon—The Results
**Check this link for an update on the new entrance requirements for the Boston Marathon.
I decreased my mileage substantially in my last week of training to recover from fatigue and a tweaked back. I went to my favorite Chiropractor, MarcAndre Bock, DC, PhD who helps me keep my body balanced. I feel good. I logged 41 miles with a long run of 13 miles on Saturday. This coming week I will do a short run on Monday and two yoga classes, but I will refrain from running.