Qualifying for the Boston Marathon was never a goal or dream I thought I would have for myself, but after I finished my second marathon a friend of mine said that I should train to qualify for Boston. I thought he was nuts! I needed to shave off 50 minutes from my last marathon race just to qualify. After a long talk with my friend (and a lot of his inspiration)-I decided to pursue this adventure to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
This was not going to happen overnight! It would take time, discipline and setting and accomplishing short-term goals. My established short-term goals helped me stay committed to my training. For example, sometimes a goal had to be in the moment where I repeated to myself like, “you can make it to the sign."
Reward yourself after completing a short-term goal. It can be as simple as downloading a few running songs or purchasing a new pair of socks. Short-term goals are a great way to build your confidence, drive and motivation to stay committed. Reaching each small goal builds blocks to accomplish the long-term goal.
It took me not one, or two, but three marathons to qualify for Boston. I felt devastated in the moment, but I didn't give up. I love the quote by Viktor Frankly, “It’s not what happens to you that counts, it’s how you respond."
Each and every one of us have different running goals. So, don’t compare yourself to others! Friends and/or family are an important part of the "team" needed for your support, encouragement and inspiration to help you achieve your running/walking goal. Be ready to reach your goals by taking a step forward!