Your Monday motivation: When you reach a goal, celebrate

Marathon finish: worth celebrating.

Marathon finish: worth celebrating.

As a runner of meager abilities, I envy those who can run a marathon and dedicate themselves to the weeks and weeks of training necessary to finish 26.2 miles.

Yesterday, nearly 8,850 runners finished the Twin Cities Marathon. For some of them, it was just another in a long list of marathons. For others, it was the end of an epic, once-in-a-lifetime struggle.

St. Paul Pioneer Press photographer Ben Garvin captured many of the finishers, and their close-up reactions to reaching that noteworthy goal is inspiring to me.

Never let an accomplishment pass without celebrating and giving gratitude.

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