PHIL DAILY INQUIRER. My experience has shown me that taking on a challenge one day at a time is key. Slowly, at your own pace but with purposeful intent, keep pushing to a level that’s just above your comfort zone—enough to make it a challenging proposition.
Make sure to reward yourself for every next level you achieve. Enjoy the small battles that lead to the eventual achievement of your goals. One foot in front of the other—that’s the only way to make this goal happen. Share this goal with as many people as possible once you have gotten over the fear of actually having to make it happen.
I never planned to make the cut for Boston, but nobody plans to fall in love, either. It just happens. Once you put the wheels into place, or in this case, your legs into motion, everything will fall into place.
If you do commit yourself to running a marathon, it will reward you. It won’t be a walk in the park, but it will be gloriously fulfilling at any age.
Or, as Sara Mae Berman, three-time Boston winner, put it: “The wonderful thing about athletic achievement is that it is finite. There is no ambiguity. You did it and no one can ever take that away from you.”...
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