Though I could easily come up with many excuses why I couldn't and shouldn't run a marathon this upcoming July, I choose to focus on the reasons why I can and will:
- Beating my previous marathon times of 7:17 and 5:54 is a must. I am determined to run this one in 4:45.
- Training for a marathon gives me the opportunity to practice leading the most important person I will ever lead...myself.
- Completing a faster marathon at 33 than I did at 24 and 29 would be very encouraging to someone like myself who is starting to feel older and older.
- Encouraging Spencer and AJ as they train and watching them cross the finish line, at their first marathon, is more fulfilling to me than completing my own.
- Challenging myself to accomplish something that is intimidating to me gets me out of my comfort zone is good for my personal development.
- Running long distances, like nothing else, strengthens my inner will and resolve. If I ever want to become a great leader, I am going to need major resolve.
- Enjoying the beauty along the various trails, breathing in the fresh air, and feeling my heart pumping as I run invigorates me and makes me feel truly alive.
- Learning lessons about life as I run has been very profitable for me. Running is a relentless teacher.
- Adding another medal to my collection is always rewarding!
The beauty of well thought out, articulated reasons for pursuing a goal is this:
When strong reasons are juxtaposed to weak excuses, excuses don't stand a chance!