Women2Women - Fall 2017 - 42

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50 Marathons in 50 States
IT WAS DEFINITELY ABOUT THE GOAL

By Patty Kroppe, Secretary, Education Department and O'Pake Institute
for Ethics, Leadership & Public Service - Alvernia University

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nnately undisciplined, I like to discover ways
to hold myself accountable - at work, as
a parent, and most of all to myself. Setting
and reaching goals and working hard is very
gratifying to me. Both keep me disciplined
and I need that.
A few weeks ago, I reluctantly agreed to
be interviewed for an article about a goal
I set for myself at age 35, a goal to run 50
marathons in 50 states before I turned 50.
Agreeing to this article helped me think a
lot about each step I took over that 15-year
period. It reminded me that some races were
really hard and I wanted to give up. It made
me think about the physical and psychological
struggle that forced me to rely on true grit to
persevere. It helped me revisit the gratitude
I have for my kids and my husband whose
words to me about needing to find something
to do for myself led to setting that goal all
those years ago.

was even more challenging for me. Attention
and limelight are not my thing. The first
interview was super uncomfortable for me and
I fully expect that this piece will cause me to
feel even more overwhelmed by the attention
it might generate. If my story inspires one
person to set a goal - big or small - for
themselves, this whole thing has been worth
it to me. It reminds me that it was definitely
about the GOAL. n

Establishing and achieving goals and the
personal accountability that comes along with
it provides a deep sense of accomplishment.
While completing that 50th marathon in
Alaska on Sept. 25, 2016, was a precious
personal accomplishment, doing these articles

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