About how goals can vary during race … and how we are going to reach them

I’ve received this stunning inspiring little book about the North Pole Marathon today. In it, there is a chronology of what is going to happen during the ten laps of 4.2km each participant has to run – or even more precise – to go through.

And I really, really like the last paragraph that is leading me to the next topic “what is motivating to set goals which you might not reach? … for one brief moment you and your potential are the same … and you know there is even more behind the point you’ve just reached.

There is even more in this inspiring book. A few pages later I’ve found the following statement supported by some strong pictures with suffering athletes in the warm tent, fighting from lap to lap …

To complete the North Pole Marathon the mind has to be “Captain” over the body. The body will want to shut down. The mind will need to keep it going.

The mind during the race will be in perpetual state of recovery and renewal.

This is one of the few times in life when seeing the big picture in a hindrance. The mind must set the body small achievable goals, the next lap, the next ice form, and the next pit stop. When the body achieves these small steps this in turn nourishes the mind and continues the cycle.


  1. Oh, ja! Der letzte Absatz hat es in sich – Gänsehaut.
    Ich setze mir meist Minimalziele, obwohl ich tief im Innern oder auch an der Oberfläche weiß, dass mehr geht. Aber letztlich muss ich dann nicht enttäuscht sein. Nach dem Start und irgendwann nach dem ersten Runners High, packt mich ein Gefühl des Wahnsinns in dem plötzlich alles möglich scheint. Um dann auch genauso schnell abrupt gestoppt zu werden, von unendlicher Quälerei. Aber das dicke Ende ist das Beste und da heißt es für mich meist ‘jeaaaa’. Egal, wie gut oder schlecht es war. Eben genau so, wie oben beschrieben! Du weißt, du packst das, du hast hart dafür gearbeitet und es dir einfach verdient. Ähm, auch wenn das bei mir nicht der Nordpol Marathon ist und häufig nicht einmal ein Marathon.


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