I feel like it’s so easy to make big goals at the beginning of every year. But within weeks I’ll be right back to where I am drinking beer and eating cheese and still out running my normal mileage and nothing will have changed. What’s a goal that would actually challenge me and make dig deeper when I run? What can I do that will really push me out of my comfort zone?
Something I haven’t done in quite some time is set a running goal that isn’t time related. So many goals related to running are also related to time. It’s all about how far you can run and how fast you can do it. I’ve gotten caught up in this so many times. My last goal for Tucson was to break four hours in the marathon and I failed miserably. I was okay with it though because I learned quite a lot on that long, long day in the cold desert. No matter what it seems to come back to getting faster times. I don’t know if I want to set the goal of being ‘faster’ because it’s not always feasible. I cannot always commit to training and things in life pop up, like injuries, family emergencies and just life in general. When B and I do take a vacation this year, I don’t want to be consumed with getting in my miles and sacrificing valuable away time for merely hitting my training plan because there is more to life than that.
I’ve spent all of December thinking long and hard how I want to run in 2014 and I finally decided that I would come up with one word that I will think of each and every time I lace up my shoes this year. Purpose. I want to Run With Purpose
So much of my running it seems is done just to get it done. Though I’m thankful to run, I never run with any purpose. Yes, I do want to be faster, but I don’t actually put in the work and hope that come race day I’m magically able to run faster. I don’t want every run to be ‘just to get it done’ but more to enjoy and have a focus and purpose on each run. Whether it’s to enjoy the scenery, get in some faster miles, follow a training plan specifically or to strengthen something that I need to work on, I want each run to matter and every run to have purpose. When I get up and don’t want to run, I want to repeat that word over to myself and really think about why I’m doing the run. What is it for. No matter what, I know that running with purpose will hopefully transform some of my blah runs into something memorable and that I’ll get in some awesome running this year, no matter what the times are.