Eight Hundred Seventy Nine

This year I’ve ran 879 miles. Two full marathons, two halves, and several shorter races later, I’ve challenged and pushed myself this year in ways that, at this time last year, I never would have thought possible.

But here I am, 879 miles later. And during that time I’ve grown personally and professionally and discovered more about myself this year than any year that’s come before.

And here we all are, with 21 days left in 2012. It’s right around this time that we start looking to next year – planning our resolutions, goals, and big dreams.

Today I encourage you to pump the breaks and look to the immediate future – namely – the 21 days you have left to finish 2012 with a bang.

Set a goal. Push yourself just a little bit further. Do something bold. Finish well. 

With 879 miles in the books – I’m focused on 121 – the number of miles I need to hit 1,000 for the year. It’s an ambitious goal, sure, but that’s what this time of year is for.

The best part of a marathon? That first glimpse of the finish line. Because as exhausted as you are, in that moment, when you see it, you instinctually push yourself harder – you run faster – you believe in yourself more than you ever have. It’s that 60 seconds of elation – and that alone – that keeps you coming back for more.

That same mindset can and should be applied to the next 21 days. The finish line in sight just ahead, it’s time to finish strong.

How will you finish 2012 with a bang?