But, you know what? I also don't want to live in fear. I don't want to hold back or not go for something because I'm not sure how it will turn out. I don't want to give less than my best in hopes of not being disappointed if I don't hit a goal.
I want to try (and if I fail then at least I know where to start from next time). I want to give it a go (and if I come up short I pray that I can do it graciously and still bring glory to my God who has given me these opportunities). I want to be proud of myself with whatever I do (and if that means missing my goals then I want to have no regrets).
Okay, so now that you've made it through all my inner-monologue, it's time to get down to business and lay out my goals for the St. George Marathon (which is now less than two weeks away).
Goal A - Sub 3:32
My Boston Qualifying time is a 3:35, but we all know (or at least people familiar with the qualifying process) that a 3:35 will not get you in... You will qualify, but all of the spots will most likely be taken prior to you getting an opportunity. So, in reality, I would probably need a sub 3:32 to not only qualify for the Boston Marathon but also secure a spot at the coveted race (by the way, this would be for the 2018 race since the time frame for the 2017 race has already closed).
Goal B - Sub 3:45
My current PR is from last year's REVEL Canyon City Marathon. I would love to see that my hard work (even if I wasn't able to get in as many speed sessions as I would have liked this training cycle) is paying off and I am stronger and faster than I was on that race day (not to mention I'm hoping this course isn't as much of a quad killer as REVEL was).
Goal C - Finish with a SMILE
This is always a goal of mine, no matter the race distance or course. I run for the pure enjoyment I get from running (in case you were sadly mistaken, I do NOT get paid to run, it is simply a hobby of mine - something that I am passionate about and my
So now that my goals are out there for the InterWebs to see, it's time to focus, take a deep breath and try to chase them down with every ounce of my being. No matter what the time on my Garmin says at the end of the race next Saturday, I am forever grateful for the abilities and opportunities I have been given and hope to never take them for granted!
What are your big, scary goals?