I do not talk much about my goals for a marathon before a marathon. This year was the first year I even laid it out there that I had hopes of one day running a 3:10 marathon.
I have goals. I just do not always want to share them.
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In a marathon you NEVER know what will happen. You can train perfectly, eat perfectly, wake up and have the weather be perfect and still run what you consider a TERRIBLE race. I do not like the let down of that. I do not like feeling like my training was a waste.
I promised myself that I would stop feeling that way. I prayed and have asked that the pre-race stress be taken away from me – that whatever will be will be. I am calm and happy.
As runners many of us get wrapped up in the time on the clock. It is great wanting to achieve something and wanted to be elated with the outcome – the problem begins when we loose part of ourselves when the time on the clock is not what we wanted.
So what is my goal for tomorrow?
My goal is what it always is now. I am dreaming big. Dreaming Big means being happy with whatever the day gives me. If I run a 3:13 tomorrow I will be elated. If I run a 3:45 tomorrow I will still be happy. I had my 3rd baby 11 months ago. I NEVER repeat NEVER thought at this point last year when I was waddling my pregnant body around 40 pounds heavier, think that I would be able to one day say I am a 3:13 marathoner.
It is awesome. I am not going to lie. What I am going to say is that it is not the be all end all of life. There will always be runners faster than you and it does not make them any more of a runner. That is what is SO BEAUTIFUL about running. We all get it.Your fast is fast. Your hard is hard. We all understand because it is not about the pace you run. It is the fact that YOU RUN.
Some of you may argue with me on this, but I am pretty sure I am just as much of a runner as Kara Goucher is. Yes she is an elite sponsored by a huge running company and yes she is indeed light years faster than me BUT what we do is the same though. We lace up our shoes every day and push our bodies to the limit. We are both runners.
Remind yourself this tomorrow. No matter the time on the clock when you finish – you are still a marathoner. Find joy in the simple act of finishing. Only shed tears of happiness.
If you want to read an inspiring short tale of my friend Hungry Mom who set the huge goal for herself to qualify for Boston this year – CLICK HERE. She did not meet her goal but what she learned in the process was that the experience was worth far greater than a lower time on the clock – she got exactly what she needed.