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Goal setting is interesting. One quick search on Amazon and I am lead to believe that I am 2 maybe 3 goals away from world domination. If I could only have a plan of action, THE WORLD IS MINE!!!! The reality is that it takes lots of
Personally, when I set goals, I shoot HIGH. My goal lists are a sandbag free zone. (Sandbagging = setting easily achievable goals) I've just started my look back to 2011 goals post, but let me tell you - it is NOT pretty. I went zero for a billion of my running goals. But, I don't necessarily call that a failure. The reason? Because I 100% believe that setting goals is incredibly mental and not hitting my goal isn't always a failure.
Just say no to sandbagging
(But, say YES!! to awesome Phoenix "winter")
The Boston Marathon recently changed their race criteria for entry. That means that I no longer have to run a 3:10, I must now run a 3:05. Before the change, time and time again I'd hear people say how they qualified with 10 seconds to spare. Not 1 min, 45 seconds. TEN SECONDS. For years it always made me wonder - what if their goal was to run 5 minutes faster than the minimum required? Would they get 10 seconds under that? It is with that in mind that I set my goals HIGH.
One of my new favorite podcasts, Marathon Talk, broke down setting race goals into 5 great categories. They put it in context of setting a good race pace, but I think that the same applies to how you train and set long-term goals. On the podcast they said, and I agree, that setting a good, realistic goal is essential to not only being successful but FEELING successful in your running. Their categories are as follows:
- I just want to finish! As long as I move my arse over the miles, mission accomplished!
- I want to have fun! If I am sore at the end of this, I'm going to be PISSED!
- I want to have fun and not do the walk of shame at mile 20, but I want to perform at my best.
- I want to run as fast as I possibly can - it doesn't matter if I cramp up and run/walk the last 3 miles, if I set a PR, I'm golden!
- I have a specific time goal - I don't care if I shit myself mid race, if I hit my time it will be a good run!
But, most importantly, not setting goals is the #1 way to not achieving any. So, what are you waiting for?!
What kind of goal setter are you? Make them soft so that you can fist pump all the way to the finish? Make them hard so that you have to see a unicorn orgasmic to achieve them?