Usually with a new year I have a list of races I am going to run. Last year my goal at the beginning of the year was to train for and run my April marathon to a PR. That goal abruptly ended when I injured my knee in February. So fast forward to this year and I am once again training for that same marathon in April. The knee is not fixed and I'm not as strong as I was leading up to training last year but I'm moving forward. This time however, I have upped the ante. Not only am I training to PR, I am also training to BQ. How did I get this goal started? To be honest, I really can't pin it down. Of course as a runner you hear all about Boston but my focus my first two years in running was just getting in better shape, getting faster and running farther. I never thought beyond running locally. But as I was in running groups longer, seeing it talked about when it was happening and knowing several people qualifying and running it, I started to think this might be something I can do. So after coming back to running last fall, I determined if my knee holds up, I will do this. As with all my prior goals (first Marathon, 50k and 50 Miler) I made a decision to do it, trained for it and do it. Basically my goal mantra. Decide on what you want to do and figure out a way of doing it. Never say you can't. As for motivation to complete my goal, maybe I see it differently than others. I don't need motivation from anyone or anything to get where I want to go. I do gain inspiration from others but the end result is my motivation. The feeling of doing what I set out to do is my motivation. Me, myself and I. No one else can push me as hard as I need to push myself. So, I will follow the plan. I will run the miles. I will get up when it's dark and cold and I'm tired and I will run the miles. Anything less and you are kidding yourself. Cheating yourself. Not me, I got my eye on it.
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