When You Think You Can’t

It was an amazing weekend for runners. It started out with Eliud Kipchoge breaking the 2:00 hour marathon time on Saturday in Vienna. Then on Sunday, Brigid Kosgei broke the women’s marathon world record in Chicago. On a personal note, I cheered from afar as several friends also completed the Chicago marathon in a very windy Windy City.

These are all stories of victory, stories of setting goals and overcoming obstacles. Stories of persistence when life throws you a hill or two (or three, or more). It is not easy to keep going when you feel that the challenges keep coming and coming.

And then there’s that little voice inside your head. The one that says, “You can stop. This is not that important. No one will blame you if you don’t do this. Life will go on just fine. You have given it your best shot, and that is enough.”

That’s when you think you CAN’T. And that’s the greatest of all challenges.

Everyone has goals. Some broadcast them on social media, while others hold them quietly to their chest and never admit them to even themselves. Goals inspire us to be better. They are not meant to be easy, but they should be specific and measurable. They should be important to us. They should inspire us to fight back when the little voice says, “This is not that important.”

What is your goal? Do you want to get faster? Lose weight? Be a better parent? Overcome adversity? Beat a disease or illness?

The first step is to believe that you CAN. If you need a training partner, I can help. Just shoot me an email at and we will get started.




Back to top