What’s next

I’ve had quite a week… 7 days to reflect on the marathon finish and the process leading up to it. I learned a lot about running and a lot about myself. I also learned that the blog has been a trigger for many of you to motivate yourselves into a new fitness routine, or to tackle a huge goal you’ve dreamed about for a while. That inspires me in return and I can’t wait to hear about your accomplishments when you get there!

There’s something else I need to prepare you for. It’s called “What’s Next.” After I crossed the CIM finish line after 26.2 miles, I looked back down that road I just travelled and had quite an emotional response. My eyes teared up as 6 months of hard training, fundraising and high hopes washed over me in that moment of victory. It was just… the enormity of it all.

As I enjoyed telling the story over the last few days, I was surprised to hear so many say “Congratulations! So what’s next Mr. Goad? Triathlon?” It reminded me of when I got married back in my twenties, which I expected would end relatives’ common question “When was I going to get married?” It did. And it also spawned a follow-up question “So when are you going to have a baby?”

Even if you win the Superbowl, the media will ask you “What’s Next?”… and saying “I’m going to Disneyland” is not a sufficient answer. I don’t mean this in a negative sense. I’m actually embracing the question and giving it serious thought. Having a big goal has been good to me, and helped push me into unfamiliar yet gratifying territory. My confidence is high and I want to build on what I’ve done.

Running is now a regular and fulfilling part of my life, but the next BIG goal will likely be different. I’m not trying to be overly dramatic… I really don’t know exactly what it is yet, but I have a feeling that one of you will be sent to help lead me there. I have never in my life felt so much support, advice and generosity from such a large group of friends, and it is humbling.

So if you feel compelled to offer an opinion on what I should put my heart and soul into next, bring it on. And as you do, use me as a mirror to your own life. Are you asking yourself the same questions? After all, I am just a regular guy – a parent, a spouse, a friend, a hard worker and a proud American – just trying to make it in this crazy world and have a positive effect on the people around me.

Come to think about it… I’m you.

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4 Comments on “What’s next”

  1. Patricia Says:

    Dave,

    It is okay to be on the “plateau of victory” for a while to savor the lessons you have learned! Let the kid in you play there with no expectations except to have fun and laugh.

    Our Western workaholic culture doesn’t allow us to savor, and to contemplate but pushes us toward the “What’s next” of experience.
    Are we addicted to the high’s and miss the sweetness of contentment and joy?

    You will know what is next as a gentle nudge inside of you will point in the direction. You will notice you are drawn to certain events, topics,feelings, people.
    With your talent in art, I encourage you to start a sketch book on these “reflections” and see what you have in a few months as your tapestry of experience and knowing.

  2. Rich Hopkins Says:

    WCPS?
    Everest?
    A Reality Show like the Amazing Race or Survivor?
    A book?

    The world is your oyster, Dave.

    • davidgoad Says:

      Rich that’s interesting you should mention Survivor. I’m recording an audition video tonight. If I make it on the show you will all get to see the worst of me 🙂

  3. Sean Dyer Says:

    Hey David,

    You’re in fantastic shape for a 35 year old 😉

    I say raise the bar up to the next physical challenge. Don’t lose all that endurance you gained, the machine needs to keep running! Or climbing, or swimming, or biking…

    Sean


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