The Choice to Marathon, What’s My Motivation?

There are so many reasons why people choose to participate and train for marathons and some pretty obvious reasons why most do not.  The appeal of marathoning spans across race, gender and even celebrity(See 25 Celebrities Who’ve Run the Marathon).  To name a few A-list celebs who have run the distance would include P.Diddy, Mario Lopez, Oprah Winfrey and no joke, Will Ferrell.

As for me, I think I am ready to at least train for a half marathon.  For some the completing the goal of finishing  it what it is all about but no one who ever does not have a unique journey  that is learned from training.  I recently stumbled a link to an article on twitter about woman, Myra Golden completion of the Disneyland Half Marathon.  It caught my attention because some of my dear friends are marathoners.  Here are two motivational stories, one is Myra’s story and the other of is of my  Gina Johnson a marathoner/triathlete/doctor/missionary/Sunday School teacher.  Johnson’s story of marathon running takes more of a Christian theologically backed motivation(Click to view video).

Myra Golden’s story-On Sunday morning I crossed the finish line at the Disneyland Half Marathon, completing a 13.1 mile run.  This time last year I couldn’t even imagine running a quarter of a mile, let alone running more than 13 miles. So how does a 43-year-old woman who couldn’t see herself running 1 mile a year ago complete a half marathon?

I used the old tried and true S.M.A.R.T. method for goal attainment and added to that accountability and FUN.  You’ve probably heard of S.M.A.R.T. Goals. It’s simply setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bounded. Here’s how I made S.M.A.R.T. plus accountability and fun work for me. (READ MORE)

article by MCCN Editor, Crystal A. Johnson

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