My Why

I Understand Why I Set Goals

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I was in the middle of a run when I heard a phrase that empowered me.

Robin Arzon, One Peloton’s head instructor had created a 45-minute workout that was to serve as a training simulation for an upcoming marathon. She was about half-way through the run, when, as she usually does, delivers motivating thoughts. She said a world-class runner was recently asked about why she runs. Her response was, “I run so that young girls know what’s possible”.

It was at that moment that I knew my why. Everything made sense. It was as if I had found the focus knob on the camera and my purpose was becoming clear. Feeling my fastest in a long time, after what seemed like a supernatural uncanny ability I was given to speed up, that I share the same purpose as this interviewed runner.

I set goals as a runner to show my kids what is possible. It is my way of giving permission to dream big and to think about the epic things that they want to achieve.

Sometimes it takes a long time before we understand why we do things. Now that I have uncovered it, I can apply to every area I am trying to teach my children.

But once we figure it out, it is like connecting the dots.

All of a sudden we understand and are more empowered than ever. Chasing my why, and then understanding it makes every run worth it.

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I am a wife, mother, educator, writer, reader and marathon runner. I blog at and chase my impossible. Follow me on Twitter at @lmcdonell14

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