Training and racing for ANY event can be hard relative to your level of fitness, commitment and goals. Training for a marathon for a seasoned runner may seem easier to them than it is for someone just getting of the couch. It’s all very relative.

Regardless of your level of fitness, motivation, goals, commitment, available-time or other driving factor – take a moment randomly and OFTEN to celebrate the little wins. Using a marathon as an example, don’t just celebrate when you cross the finish line. Give yourself a pat on the back when you make it to the starting line, when you cross the first mile marker, when you hit mile 5, mile 10 or mile 17 – whatever works for you.

Celebrating the small wins helps keep a positive mindset, helps you stay focused and can keep you motivated to make the long haul.