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A Marathon Effort

IreneCarr.com: We are half way through 2015, and I always take time to review if I am on track with my attitude and focus for year. I invite you to review your goals for 2015 from the objective stance of a reporter. What is your intention for today, the next six weeks, six months, six years? What is your attitude and focus? Are you making choices that are aligned with accomplishing your goal? Review, refocus and recharge!

This time of the year always reminds me of the benefits of running a marathon. Grandma’s Marathon celebrates it’s 39th year on June 20, 2015. In 2009 I ran Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN for the first and last time.

Attitude and Focus

I am not a runner, yet somehow running a marathon showed up on my bucket list. I am sure glad it did. I went into the marathon training thinking how good it would be for my physical body. And yes, I did learn a lot about my physical body during the training and the actual running of the marathon.

Yet, what I did not count on were the lessons I got about attitude and focus, or the mental components of the marathon, which were far more important than the physical components in my experience.

My mantra

I trained just as recommended by the Grandma’s Marathon website. I must say, running 20 miles, which is the longest distance that you run in the training program, is much different than running 26.2 miles. The day of the marathon the last 6 miles was all about my mantra…

“Irene, keep putting one foot in front of the other. You can do this.”

The body was tired, but the mind could continue to focus with the attitude of being able to accomplish the goal, which propelled the body forward.

Intention

We are half way through 2015, and I always take time to review if I am on track with my attitude and focus for year. I invite you to review your goals for 2015 from the objective stance of a reporter. What is your intention for today, the next six weeks, six months, six years? What is your attitude and focus? Are you making choices that are aligned with accomplishing your goal? Review, refocus and recharge!

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