In 2017, I reached a lifetime goal: qualifying for my 2nd USA Marathon Olympic Trials. Not only did I qualify, but I also ran a solid PR (3.5 minutes). I believe in celebration and rest (I wholeheartedly enjoyed my December break after the marathon) but I also believe in setting goals soon after a big event. As most runners can relate, by the time I was eating my first meal after the marathon, I was plotting my next plan of attack.
Every goal tells a story. Every goal has a past, a present, and a future. It comes with baggage from where you once were, grounds you in the present, and makes you excited for the future. In a way our goals define us, they are linked to our values, they are rooted in our passions, and they challenge us to be better than we were the day before.