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The Road to Success

by Jennifer Law, 3rd Period

on 6 January 2014

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Transcript of The Road to Success

The Road to Success
my Pathfinder Project by Jennifer Law
Phase One
Breaking from Patterns of the Past
"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you."
Wilma Rudolph
Phase Two
Eliciting Support
But I can always improve.
I've decided that I want to run a half marathon in an 8:00 per mile pace by the end of 2014. That would mean a time of 1:45, and a 45 second/mile improvement over a year.
"I believe in me more than anything else in the world."
Wilma Rudolph
I mean, I could always be faster and stronger, and there's no reason I couldn't accomplish my dream.
"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: the potential for greatness lives within each of us."
-Wilma Rudolph
As one of my heroes
says the best:

The half marathon is my favorite distance to run.
I ran one on December 1st, 2013, in 1:54:16.
That is about an 8:45 minute/per mile pace.
So I've decided that this time, I'm going to run my half marathon faster.
Now I have to set a time goal for myself.
I'm already a distance runner...
To achieve my goal, I need to identify what kind of support I will need.

I think I will become more inspired through my hero, Wilma Rudolph.

Wilma Rudolph
My Profile
Winner's Traits
I am:
I need to be:
I need to be patient and forgiving in case I mess up during my training plan. I can always bounce back, and I need to remember that.
Wilma Rudolph was a famous sprinter who suffered from infantile paralysis. She was told at a young age that she might not walk again. She overcame her condition and won 3 Olympic gold medals in 1960. She was the first woman to win 3 gold track and field medals in a single Olympic Games.
Phase Three
Gathering Information
Before I begin to work towards my goal, I need to do some research. I need to know what experiences and accomplishments my goal will require, and what schooling is suggested to help get me there.
What experiences must I have?
I must create a training plan that accommodates my schedule that will help me reach my pace goal for the half marathon.

What accomplishments
must I achieve?
What kind of schooling do I need?
Phase Four
Discrepancies between Current and Future Self
Phase Six
Making Baby Steps
What can I do now?
What can I do later?
What can I do now?
What can I do later?
I accomplished my first step towards my goal on January 3rd, 2014. I woke up at 6:30 in the morning and ran 10 miles.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." -Lao Tzu
For me to begin working towards my goal, I had to take the first step and run something.
I must run at least 10 miles in an 8:10 pace or under for me to accomplish my goal on race day.
I don't require any formal schooling, but I subscribe to a running magazine called
Runner's World

that has useful training tips.
Now, I can create a training plan that will get me towards my goal. Then I can begin to work towards it.
Later on I can continue following my plan, or I may need to re-evaluate my goal if I am not doing well regarding my training.
Before I began my personal project, I was unmotivated to train. Now that I am beginning to create I plan, I am more motivated to wake up and run every other morning.
Phase Five
Creating a Plan
I think that I am doing well when it comes to proceeding with my goal. I don't think I need to re-evaluate my plan yet, and my plan has been reasonably effective.
While I worked on my personal project, I created an aphorism to remind me of why I am doing this:
"The road to success isn't a sprint; it is the continuous struggle to become something greater that pays off in the end".
-Jennifer Law
To begin my plan, at first I must think of the end, then work backwards. I also should declare some of my smaller achievements to someone who can hold me accountable for them.
I will most likely achieve my goal on December 2nd, 2014, at the Space Coast Half Marathon. Before then will be the beginning of school (about August 20th), the beginning of summer cross country training (about mid-June), the beginning of track season (mid-March), and the Gainesville Half Marathon (February 17th).
I declare that I will:
be flexible with my training plan
run according to my plan
always do my best to succeed
never give up on my goal, no matter how hard it seems
"A champion needs motivation above and beyond winning"
-Pat Riley
"The triumph can't be had without the struggle."
-Wilma Rudolph
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
-Jim Ryun
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