Just this past weekend, I had the pleasure of cheering on runners of a 50K (yes, that’s 31 miles, folks!), and the weekend before, I was in DC rooting on runners completing DC Rock and Roll Full & Half Marathon. At each event, I witnessed the end of a long journey for every runner. Each person was bringing to conclusion months and months, maybe even years, of tough early mornings, tired evening slogs, un-enjoyed parties, achy knees, sore butts, neglected family members. Every runner has a unique story of sacrifice. But I can see on every face approaching the finish line with amazing purpose and drive that it’s all been worth it.
If you’ve never completed an endurance event, you may think that it sounds completely impossible. I’m going to let you in on the big secret of how goals are accomplished, whether it’s completing a 5k or a 50k, losing weight, finding a new career or cleaning out your attic:
1. Make it known—to self and people around you—that you want this goal. Really badly.
2. Set a timeline
3. Get help from a pro in devising a plan
4. Ramp up slowly
5. Fall off the plan
6. Remind self of Step 1
7. Get back on the plan
Repeat steps 5 thru 7 as necessary
8. Achieve goal
Now go do something awesome!
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