When You Fail (Goal Series #4)

One of the toughest parts of pursing a big goal?

You’ll fail somewhere along the way.

At the start of Zumbro 100 this year, the race director told the assembled crowd I’d be going for my historic 10th finish. I’d finished every one. All eyes looked my way. I raised my arm and everyone clapped.

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Is Your Goal Unrealistic? (Goal Series #3)

What if your goal is more than too big - it’s impossible? 

We can all manage bravado for a gloriously big, “shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars” type goal, but an unrealistic one? 

I mean, if I wanted to become a ballerina with the New York City Ballet, what would you say?

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Avoid the Drama, Finish the Race

A couple of years ago I ran the Cloudsplitter 100-mile race in the forested, eastern mountains of Kentucky coal country.

I was miles into the race, past the first two or three aid stations, running with five guys in a loose group on a dirt logging road when we ran down a short hill and one by one, came to a halt together at the bottom.

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That morning, I lay on my yoga mat and cried.

I felt defeated by the constant pain, by it not improving no matter what I did, by the way it dulled every waking moment, and by it taking away the race I'd set my heart on.

I'd barely made it one lap around the circle before my hip pain made even shuffling impossible.

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Do You Go For It?

It’s mile 78 of the War Hammer 100-mile race in Kentucky.

I’ve been running for over 24 hours with wet feet, through unbearable heat and humidity with no air movement, over miles of painful, unforgiving pavement, under full sun, through miles of briars, mud, muddy puddles, and creek beds, past loose dogs and flying traffic, covered head to toe (and more, thanks to falls) in poison ivy, mud, sand, and most likely a horde of ticks.

As I head down another gravel road, a convoy of vehicles approaches. 

They reach me, and the woman driving the first vehicle gets out.

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