6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Limits and Goals

Tall Mom Original Photo

Do you ever wonder where your Limits came from?


The......
I cant run that fast
I could never qualify for Boston
I cant run a Mile
I can run a 5K
I cant run a Half Marathon
I cant run a Marathon
I cant do a Triathlon (oops that is me)
and on and on...

There are Limits to what the body can do, that is a fact. But, there is a difference between the Limits of your body, and those imprinted by your Mind.

  • Side Note: When I was in 5th grade I picked up a Basketball for the first time. I found that my height helped me to get that round orange ball int he hoop. My parents gave me all the tools I needed to be successful. But is was my personal belief in myself that made me successful. At 6th grade I set a goal to earn a College Scholarship and play Division I Basketball. That was my goal and I achieved it!! My Belief in myself extended my skills far beyond any Limits I may have had, poor footwork, bad memory for plays, barely there vertical, a little too short to be a post, etc.
I ran a 5K without stopping

I ran a Half Marathon

I ran a Marathon

I qualified for Boston


.....because I believed that I could, no Limits!!! Make a plan and start today, the first step is often the hardest. What Goal are you holding back from because you are afraid of failure? Bust through those self-imposed Limits and reach your potential!!!

  • BOSTON GOALS:
I have not talked much during my training about my Goals for Boston. Truthfully when I started the training I was not 100% sold that I was ready to train for a Marathon. My life had been flipped upside down and Running for ME seemed selfish. I STRUGGLED to even get out of bed for my Long Runs those first few weeks. I created my own training plan with no Goal in mind other than Finishing with my Dimples shining.

As my training progressed I gained the mental and physical strength to BELIEVE in ME again. At the end of the 26.2 Victory lap I need to know that I have given it everything I could, while enjoying the ride.. Here are my Goals, which change by the minute :) Will see what this Tall Body has to give on 4/18!!!

Perfect Day Goal- Sub 3:40, if I can find the Zone I think I could qualify for Boston in Boston. I did not put in adequate Speed Work or Hill training to shoot for a PR or a BQ, but you never know what race day will bring.

Goal I have trained for- 3:45, with my training I believe that I can get around a 3:45, which would be my second best Marathon time ever and a GREAT accomplishment.

Smile at the Finish Goal-
3:59:59, having FUN along the way and getting my second every sub 4 hour Marathon. I plan to take a break from Marathons for a bit after Boston so I would like to end with a Sub 4 hour.

There you have it... cant wait to see what Race Day brings, these legs are ready to RUN...

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

31 comments:

I RUN LIKE A GIRL said...

Awesome Boston goals Tall Mom! You are totally going to rock the race! Thanks for the reminder to believe in yourself, no matter what! My 1st marathon is 2 weeks away and I'm getting SO excited to see what my "no limits" can do!!

Amy said...

Love your pictures!!!!
Love your goals!!!!
Love You!!!!

Coy Martinez said...

Can't wait to hear how Boston goes. You're gonna do great. Love the post though, challenges the mind and body to do the hard work.

Indi said...

Always inspiring!!! Good Luck and have a great time in Boston!!! Its been a heck of a journey!

Kerrie T. said...

I got a little teary reading this. Have an awesome race, buddy. :)

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

No matter what time you cross that finish line, you are going to ROCK Boston.

Emily said...

you'll be kicking major butt! i have no doubt!

Kristi said...

Great post and rings so true and close to home for me. I'm a new runner so I'm working on that list of things that I CAN do. Have a great run in Boston!

Catey said...

I'm so excited for you to run Boston! You will rock it!

Oh, and you can SO do a Tri! In fact you can hop on a plane to SLC and come do a great all women tri with me and a bunch of friends in May. It's a blast! :)

Penny said...

You are going to Rock Boston. Are you meeting up with any other bloggers there. Have fun and enjoy it. Cant wait to hear all about it when you get back.

Run with Jess said...

Always so inspiring Mel!! Kick some booty @ Boston!
I need to do tiered goals like that, I like it.

Colleen said...

Love your goals... go get em girl!!!

Allison said...

Good luck! I hope you have a great race and a fun trip!

Rach said...

So inspiring - I just finished my first marathon in a shade over 5 hours. I REALLY want that 3:35 to qualify for Boston, but I have a long road ahead of me. But yes, you are right, I never thought I could even run 26.2 miles - even if I never make it to Boston, that's one heck of an accomplishment!

-Rach @ Girl on the Run http://nyc-runner.blogspot.com/

Rene' said...

Perfect! Why do I feel like you are going to qualify for Boston at Boston? Thanks for all of your inspiring posts. I need a kick in the butt for a sub 1:50 half marathon and I think that your words just hit the nail on the head. Good luck Monday!!!

Marlene said...

Great goals!! :) Here's hoping for your "perfect day" out there!! NO LIMITS!

Deb said...

Great goals! You'll have a fabulous race!

X-Country2 said...

I'm sooooo excited for you!

Hannah said...

You are going to be awesome! You are my hero.

I couldn't agree more about people selling themselves short. People say, oh I could never run a half marathon, or whatever, when the fact is, they haven't tried. In fact, if you had asked me a year ago I might have said the same, and now I've run 4. Someday maybe I'll be running Boston...

Beth said...

I love that saying/photo and your "smile at the finish" goal! No matter what, remember to have fun!!

swyers said...

Have a great race, Mel! Will be thinking of you on 4/18 and look forward to reading your post race report!

marathonmaiden said...

happy wednesday to you too! can't wait to meet you!

The Happy Runner said...

Go get that perfect day goal! And have fun doing it :-)

Hope you have a great Boston experience!

Wifey said...

LOVE the picture ... and this post. You truly are so inspiring! I'm so excited for you running Boston! Cheering you on in cyberspace ...

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Little stud looks amazing in this pic!!

I love your mindset heading into Boston! Have a fantastic experience Mel.

Love the new header pic and description!

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

Wow do I struggle with this one! I think I get in my own way... period.

Cynthia said...

I love the photo and quote.
It has been so inspirational to follow your Boston Marathon training journey. I can't wait to read how you had an amazing race. You are AWESOME!

Zaneta said...

Thank you for this!! I needed it! :) You are an inspiration and... you. are. AWESOME!! :D

Little Miss Runshine said...

Great goals! It's good to have our different goals! I might steal your post idea and tell my 3 different goals! :) I hope you enjoy Boston!!!! :)

Denise said...

great goals and it's looking like we're going to have a perfect day for you to go get em'!

Chris, Jamie & Sidney said...

Hello! i've been reading you for awhile but i don't think i've ever commented. so - hello!

I have exactly the same goals as you. I've been injured and didn't have a great training cycle (for the first half) but i'm hoping for the best.
i'll look for you - i'll be wearing a purplish shirt that says Jamie on the front and white skull armwarmers. Say hi if you see me at the start or on the course.
i hope you have a great race!