I’ve read in fitness magazines that the best way to reach goals is to announce them. Tracking your progress publicly makes you accountable, and hearing or reading encouragement from friends keeps you motivated.
There’s no doubt that I’ve announced my goal, time and time again, in this column and on social media sites and in person. I’ll say it again: I want to qualify for the Boston Marathon by running the Two Cities Marathon in less than three hours and 35 minutes.
Sunday is the big day, and 8:12 is my magic number. (I must run an 8:12 per mile average pace to qualify.)
I feel like there is a lot of pressure on me to qualify, when in reality there is none. It’s all self-inflicted pressure that I’m feeling. Through this column I’ve met great friends and acquaintances who’ve told me I can do it. There are people who’ve told me they started running because they were inspired by “Mind Over Miles.” Some people have told me they set bigger running goals or have signed up for races because of my column...