Thanks for all of the encouragement and support on my last post about the new standard for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.
Just to be clear, there is no part of me that believes that running a sub 2:43 marathon is going to be easy, and not for a minute do I believe that success is a given. I am not unrealistic, and I am well aware of what a huge challenge it is, and how few runners actually achieve the Olympic Marathon Trials standards (less than 200 women for the 2012 trials).
As I said in my last post, I knew there was a strong likelihood that the time standard would be lowered, making my dream that much harder to achieve. So when it did happen I had two choices. I could be discouraged, I could quit, and I could decide my goal was out of reach. I could let those three minutes cause me to lose heart and give up.
Or I could decide to keep moving forward, keep pushing, keep learning, keep improving, keep training, and keep striving to be the best marathoner I can be. I could keep my goal and keep fighting for this dream.
The decision was easy for me, because I know in my heart that I would rather be the girl that gave it her all chasing after a dream and came up short than I would the girl who got discouraged and gave up without truly seeing what was possible.
To me, the thought of giving up and not going for it is much scarier than going for it and coming up short. "Win" or "lose", I know I will not regret trying, but I know I would regret letting fear and doubt defeat me.
I love that the standards were lowered just two days after I wrote my post about being BOLD.
With all my heart I want to run in that Olympic Trials Marathon. I want to line up with the best women marathoners in the U.S.A. That would be the ultimate achievement and honor in running for me, and I am not afraid to work hard for it. Over the next three years I will do my very best to get there, and I will enjoy and be grateful for the journey, no matter what.
“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
"In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality." ~Kristian Kan
"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." ~Thomas Alva Edison
"Don't let anyone steal your dream. It's your dream, not theirs." ~Dan Zadra
"There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream." ~Author Unknown