As runners we typically set out to achieve one milestone and as soon as we conquer that, we find ourselves looking for another challenge. Every time I run a race, I think about my next race. Is it going to be longer distance? Am I going to aim to get a PR? I recently reached my goal of completing a marathon and prior to that day I thought that I’d be done after I crossed the finish line. I thought I’d do shorter races and look to improve my time. And I’d get to say goodbye to rigorous training schedules and long Saturday morning runs. But during that 26.2 mile run there was a part of me that wanted more. My goal was to finish the marathon that day. But I knew I could run the race faster. I thought….I could qualify for the Boston marathon. In my mind, I didn’t even need to run Boston, I just wanted to qualify. (Ask me again after I run my qualifying marathon if I’ll do Boston.)
As runners, we’re never satisfied with our last accomplishment. There’s always more. There’s always another PR to go after. And that kind of determination is what makes us runners.