If you haven’t yet achieved your big dream there isn’t a reason you can’t dream bigger.

When you are a student in college and dream of going to grad school people congratulate you. They don’t say – wait – don’t dream that big – wait till you graduate before you even start thinking about schooling beyond. They want to encourage you to follow your dreams to better yourself.
Dreaming big doesn’t mean stopping at a dream when you achieve it and it certainly doesn’t mean you should limit your dreams if you haven’t achieved them.
My BIG HUGE Dream for 2011 was a sub 3:20 marathon – I said I wanted a 3:10 and that I might not get it this year but I would one day. It seemed crazy, yet doable.
I ran 3:13.
I haven’t yet run a 3:10 but I am Dreaming Big{ger} for 2012 and beyond.
I’m picking up my training paces and plan to train for a 3:05 marathon for fall of 2012.
The pace range of my runs is doable now, if I keep to the slow end. They are hard to hit when pushing the boys in the stroller, but that’s okay. At the beginning of this year when I set up my training paces for a 3:10 marathon I was hitting the slow range on my solo runs and was out of the range on my stroller runs.
As the summer progressed I was hitting the faster range on my solo runs and was in the range for my stroller runs. I was fit and knew it. It gave me confidence that my 3:10 DREAM wasn’t a unrealistic one.
My first picking up the pace run was 6.2 miles last Sunday. I averaged 7:25 pace and ran it in 46 minutes.
Mile 1: 7:50
Mile 2: 7:30
Mile 3: 7:18
Mile 4: 7:25
Mile 5: 7:12
Mile 6: 7:18
Mile .2: 7:04 avg
My new pace ranges are:
Recovery: 8:30 – 9:05
Long Run: 7:30 – 8:45
Easy: 7:30 to 8:04
Tempos: 6:20 to 6:42
My first pick up the pace run was probably a bit too fast but I was excited about the future. Excited for what is to come in 2012.
Make your own path in life – Dream Big – Run Long
My first pick up the pace run with the double stroller was HARD. It however lifted me up and got me even more excited. Never in a million years would I think I would be able to run these paces pushing two kids and a double stroller! It’s amazing what can happen when you truly put your mind to something and BELIEVE in yourself.
8 Miles – Double Stroller – 8:22 avg
Mile 1: 8:16
Mile 2: 8:20
Mile 3: 8:14
Mile 4: 8:40
Mile 5: 8:05
Mile 6: 8:27
Mile 7: 8:40
Mile 8: 8:13
Ask yourself today. How bad do you want it? How bad do you want to make that *thing* in your life happen? Is it grad school? Is it getting a promotion? Is it a faster marathon? BELIEVE and all things are possible. 

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  1. Jessica (Pace of Me) says:

    SO SO SO SO SO awesome, Dorothy! I love this. Today is the first day of my new marathon training cycle and I am picking up the pace and dreaming bigger too. I will train for a 3:35 marathon and get my BQ! I am going after it.
    Love you and thank you for the inspiration, today and always.

  2. Michele @nycrunningmama says:

    Awesome post, Dorothy =) I really needed to read this today…since my 60k a few weeks ago, I haven't had any "great" runs – haven't felt like myself and just been kind of down…I had set my sights on a 3:10 marathon in the spring – and until I read your blog today, wasn't sure if I should keep that goal. But hearing you say to "believe and all things are possible" really makes me believe you and believe in myself. Thank you =)

  3. Anna Crouch says:

    Ahhh! Thank you, Dorothy…. The moment I question whether or not I can do something, I read your blog and get encouraged that IT IS possible! I pulled a muscle or something in my right hip about a month ago…..ran a 1/2, thinking it had gotten better. About half way through it started bugging me. That was 1 1/2 weeks ago, and I'm still recovering! My legs are shot (I will mention this was my first 1/2 marathon ever….so it was a bog race for me!) I've ran once since my race, and I started feeling discouraged that I am not recovering very fast. But reading your blog just gives me that excitement and encouragement to continue! Thanks :)

  4. THANK YOU!!! I really needed this today. All things ARE possible and I can (and will) do ALL things through Christ!! Lots on my plate right now but I know God has made a way where there is none and He has made a river in the desert. He is amazing and He loves us and cares about us. I love how He uses His people to confirm things in your life. Thank you for being such an inspiration and being sensitive to His Spirit.

  5. You are such an inspiration to me, Dorothy, as an athlete, blogger, and person! I'm really embracing the Dream Big mentality for the 2012 racing season, and can't wait to share it with the world!

    Also, I was just accepted as a #Fitluential Ambassador! Thanks so much for the info!

  6. You go girl, this is incredible. I know you are going to rock it next year too. My big dream is running my first marathon in 2012 and I can't wait. Let the dreaming begin!

  7. myhighonlife says:

    You're always inspiring people & I love it. I've been putting myself through lots of doubting lately. With my first marathon training EVER right around the corner I'm getting very nervous and second-guessing whether I can actually do it. All I have to do is read a post from you and realize that I can do anything I put my mind to & do a little thinking on Philippians 4:13. You WILL get your 3:05!

  8. {lifeasa}RunningMom says:

    Thanks and I am glad to hear you had doubts about how fast you could go with a jogging stroller. I think I need to push the doubts aside and dream big!

  9. Christine says:

    Amazing!! Watch out soon you will beat the 3 hour mark!!

  10. thethinksicanthink says:

    I wish I could start acting upon my dreams. For now, I'm trying to work hard in the pool. I hope that pays off!

  11. I'm ready topick up the pace again and dreaming big!

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