The Cleveland Half Marathon: a lesson on achieving goals

 

Editor’s note: this is it! Tomorrow is the Cleveland Marathon and the Cleveland Half Marathon. Good luck everyone, and don’t forget to come see us in booth 719.

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Six years ago when I joined Hyland, I immediately bought into the culture. How could you not, when there are slides and onsite amenities such as diners and a manicurist?! But my favorite perks of working at Hyland are the wellness program and onsite fitness center.

After my first few months at work, I started taking fitness classes and running at the gym. When I contemplated my wellness goals and what I’d like to accomplish, I started with completing two classes a week.

That goal quickly evolved into building up my running stamina, which changed again to completing Hyland’s 20k Challenge – running four 5k-races throughout the year.

After completing the 20k challenge two years in a row, I decided it was time to amp up my running goals and start training for long-distances races. I had always wanted to run a half marathon, but up until that point thought it was an unobtainable distance.

Work-life balance

After getting outside my own head, I decided to go for it. I started training for a half marathon soon after, and even built up my long-distance run to about nine miles. But suddenly life kicked in, hard. Trying to balance between work, training and helping care for a sick family member ultimately set me back and I didn’t complete a half marathon that year … or the following three.

Last year, my twin sister and partner-in-crime asked me if I wanted to run the Raleigh City of Oaks Half Marathon with her. She was planning on crossing a half marathon off her bucket list before we turned the big 3-0 the following summer and thought that race was a perfect opportunity for both of us.

I agreed, buying my race registration and plane ticket before I could back out. We made a competition out of training, using the Nike+ app to compare our running stats. Throughout training, I had one goal in mind – finish.

But in the back of my head, I set another secret goal – finish in under 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Race day came and went in what seems like a blink of an eye, and although I finished the race and earned my medal, I ended up finishing three minutes over my goal time. I was definitely happy and feeling accomplished post-race – must have been the endorphins – but I also sent a text to a friend later that evening, telling her I need to run another half to try to beat my goal time.

When I arrived back in the office on the following Monday, my coworkers were awesome and so supportive – another thing I love about my career at Hyland. Discussions started about running the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon and before I knew it, I was on the registration page putting in my information for my next half.

I officially started my training program a few weeks ago and am excited and nervous about this next race. There’s something to be said about staying tenacious and achieving your goals. I’m hoping that on May 20, I shed those pesky three minutes off my half-marathon pace!

Megan Larsen

Megan Larsen

Megan Larsen is a public relations specialist at Hyland, focused on evangelizing the benefits of Hyland’s software suite within the Financial Services, Insurance, Government and Commercial industries. Megan earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications, with a concentration on public relations, from Ohio University. She currently resides on the Cleveland’s Westside with her husband and lab-mix puppy #FinneganLarsen and is passionate about embracing all that the #HylandLife has to offer.

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