4:14:44. Not If, But When.

In January I decided I’d run a marathon.

In April I ran my first. It took me 5 hours and 55 minutes to cross the finish line. It wasn’t pretty. When it was over I told myself I needed to give up running. That it just wasn’t for me. That it was stupid to ever tell myself I could run 26.2 miles.

Twin Cities Marathon

But I ignored those voices and, the next day, signed up for another marathon. Over the past 5 months I trained harder and pushed myself further. Logging hundreds of miles and hours. Yesterday, in the sub-40-degree temperatures of Minneapolis, I ran marathon #2…

I ran it in 4:14:44!

In January I signed up for a marathon not even believing it would be possible to finish. Yesterday I ran marathon #2 – and I ran it 1:41 faster than the first!

Yesterday I proved to myself that when you want something bad enough – when you’re willing to put in the hard work – when you challenge yourself to do something bold – it’s never a question of “if”, but a question of “when”

Odds are there’s something right now that you want for yourself but have been wondering if it’s possible.

Today, I hope you’ll take a look at whatever that is, and approach it with a “when” attitude. When there’s a will, there’s a way.

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Suddenly Jamie October 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

Huge congrats. That’s a big deal.

Believing you can achieve something is the quickest way to exceed your goals. It sounds corny, but in my experience it works!


Matt Cheuvront October 9, 2012 at 7:14 am

Thanks much, Jamie! And I agree completely – the right attitude goes a long, long way.


Teri October 8, 2012 at 11:33 am



Matt Cheuvront October 9, 2012 at 7:13 am

Thanks, Teri!


Sam October 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

One thing I’ve learned about you in the three and a half years we’ve known each other (wow!) is that you often don’t give yourself enough credit. When you put your mind to something, you work hard and you tend to be pretty unstoppable. So, while I am very proud of you for kicking this marathon’s ass, I’m not all that surprised :)


Nicki October 9, 2012 at 8:37 am

My mouth dropped when I saw the time difference between your first and most recent race! Absolutely incredible!!!
And you are correct; there is something right now that I want but have been wondering if it’s possible. What may that be? Medical school. I am an undergraduate student at a top notch university and the competition, lack of guidance, and pressure is making it seem impossible to reach my ultimate goal. I recently had a moment of illumination which further engrained in me that it is my true destiny to heal people. But it just seems so impossible and so far out reach… However, as you just said: “When there’s a will, there’s a way”. AMEN TO THAT (haha).
Thanks, Matt! :)


Richard October 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Congrats on your accomplishment Matt! The time difference is huge as someone else also pointed it! As Napoleon Hill also states, “The mind can achieve what the mind conceives.” You had the vision and you pushed forward. Keep up the great work and looking forward to seeing what your next marathon time will be.


Laura Kimball October 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I love that – “not if, but when.” Congratulations, Matt! Super proud of your dedication to this marathon training and everything (Proof and all!).


Jen October 13, 2012 at 11:58 am

So proud of you, Matt! That is a huge PR and an equally huge accomplishment. Relish in it… put it on the floor and roll around in it… bundle it up and sleep with it.

After running my first half in 2:26:00 last weekend, I have decided I want to go all the way and run 26.2. Depending on life events, I am aiming for either fall 2013 or spring 2014. And I’ll definitely be doing another half this spring! I’m hooked!


Derek Kuhlman October 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

Wow Matt, Great Job! That takes so much hard work, dedication and time to be able to accomplish the feat of completing a marathon, let alone two! Keep up the hard work and that time will continue to go down!

I’m sure it was tough staying motivated through those countless hours of training, but it always pays off at the end! Congrats!


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