The Original Goal

The goal is to finish the Scheels Fargo Marathon on May 21, 2011. That is it. I want to finish, and hopefully do so injury free before they close the race course. This book I’m reading had a great way of putting things into perspective for me.

“You have the opportunity in training for and completing this marathon to have a tremendously satisfying and motivating experience. But that will only occur if, after it is over, you feel you have succeeded. So , the definition of success that you adopt for this experience becomes very important. If finishing is the goal you have set, you WILL have a success experience. However, if you set a target time and then miss it, even by a few minutes, you will have converted what could have been one of the greatest success experiences of your life into a failure.”     The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer

Another passage I will want to remember:

“Training for and running a marathon is not a single event; rather it is an experience. It is a discovery of self that will forever change your perceptions, perspectives, priorities, and possibilities. You will meet yourself at what you thought were the boundaries of your potential and endurance and watch in awe as  they evaporate to reveal only open expanse. To know that the only boundaries in life are those which we create ourselves is a discovery which can not be taught–it must be experienced.”

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