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Do you have a goal?
I started running two years ago and one of the things I like about it is that I’m always setting goals for longer runs, faster times, or finishing races. I might not win, even in my age group, but I’m not running “against” anyone else. I’m running “for” myself. I remember hearing advice to set short term, reachable goals rather than looking at the long term. The long term goal might seem unattainable. That’s how a running training program starts. You don’t set out to run a marathon, you start with running for one minute. I think my Couch-to-5K coach even fudged on the one minute and called “walk” sooner because I was struggling! But this past Sunday, I ran my fourth Half Marathon. If I had originally started out with a goal of 13.1 miles, I would have gone right back to that couch.
To motivate me during the long thirteen miles of the Half Marathon, I turned to strong people I am blessed to have in my life. They have all faced difficulties and done something that truly inspires me. I wrote their names on my arm and as I ran, at each mile marker I pulled up my sleeve to reveal the name of the next person. Thinking about them gave me a reason to smile, a reason to find a bit more energy, and a reason to keep running.
Why did I only write 10 names for a 13 mile race? For the last three miles, I asked my family – husband, daughter, mother to write me a note of encouragement. I gave them a old photograph album and asked them to each choose a picture that would surprise, motivate, or in some way help me get through the last three miles. And it did.
In a way, I had my friends and family cheering me on throughout the entire race. One at each mile. It got me through it. Are you or someone you know struggling to reach a goal? Encouragement and celebration can make a difference. We are all so busy, it’s important to take time and enjoy the good things in life. It doesn’t take much. Just a snack and a balloon can be a celebration of an accomplishment!
My daughter is the best thing I can imagine to have waiting for at a finish line! Here she is with goodnessknows® snack squares and balloons. With something like this motivating me, I know I can go from goodness to greatness!
After running 13.1 miles, I crave healthy food more than junk. Because goodnessknows® snack squares are made with real fruit, dark chocolate and whole nuts, I can feel good about eating them. I first tasted them at an in-store demo at Walmart. Don’t you love those demos? It’s the chance to try something new!
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