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the site so far. I put a lot of time, money, and energy into this, and I'm really hoping for good results. There's still tons of work to do with it, so bear with me. One of the things I still need to do is make more entries, so I'm doing that right now.
So, a couple of weeks ago, I ran the Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon, and ended up beating my personal best by 15 minutes, and for the first time, running a sub-2 hour half marathon distance. My goal was to get under 2 hours, and I ended up finishing in 1:51:42. Progress is being made. Not bad for a 38-year-old who just started 3 years ago.
If you're reading this and want to achieve your own personal best at any distance, whether it's a 5K or a full marathon, I hope this will inspire you. Find what works for you. Find the one thing that inspires you to run, and the one thing that inspires you to achieve such a goal. Everyone has different goals. Mine was to beat my personal best. What is your goal?
Whatever your goal is, write it down. Set a reminder. Place it on your refrigerator, or on your bathroom mirror. It could be your personal best, or it could be just to finish. It could be to run as many marathons in a year's time, or it could be to run your very first one. It could be to run a sub-2 hour half, or a sub-4 hour full. Whatever your goal is, write it down.
Pray about this. In fact, this should be the VERY FIRST thing you do. If you're reading this, I'm not sure what your faith is, but prayer works! On the day of the race, I made sure I didn't leave the house until I prayed. I prayed for strength, and I prayed to remain healthy throughout the race. I didn't even think to pray to beat any records, let alone my personal best, because I don't believe in material prayers like that.
Don't forget what you have learned. You have trained for months leading up to your race. Many of you may have coaches, whether virtually or in-person. Some of you might have trained alone, and that's okay. Whatever the case, you've trained to get to this point. Remember everything you've learned, and keep it simple.
For those of you running for a charity, remember why you are running for that charity. You're running with a piece of their gear, and a lot of it was free. You've made a commitment to raise money for your charity, and you've asked family and friends to pitch in. This is very important to you. This should be another good motivation for you.
Run for your loved ones. You have supporters. Whether it's your spouse, your children, significant other, parents, siblings, cousins, friends, or even your pets, you are representing them. Some of them have donated to your cause. Some of them are out supporting you with signs, cowbells, and funny t-shirts. Some may even be handing out donuts in the "hit the wall" zone, encouraging other runners to keep going.
If none of these things motivate you, then do it for yourself. This is a very good one, and really the reason I run. Other than Jesus, my country, and the charity I run for, I run for me. I have made a commitment to continue running because it's what I love to do, and I said I'd do it with or without anyone's support. I am blessed to have the support of many. By reading my blog, making purchases on my website, donating to my cause, or even joining me for a race, you are supporting me, and that is very much appreciated.
The Freedom Runner