Well it’s that time of year. The newness of 2011 has worn off and we are well into the year and hopefully on the way to achieving our goals we set in January!
Although I am not a big “resolution” person, I truly believe in the value of setting goals and always set new ones at the start of each year, and continue to throughout the year. I think resolutions get a bad reputation since so many people forget about them after January, which is why I just call mine goals instead.
A goal is something I stick to and keeps me accountable to myself. They aren’t necessarily set in stone, but are there to keep me working towards something I want to achieve. They definitely morph over time and some are more longer term than others, but having them keeps me working hard and focused.
Now that one of my BIG long term goals has been checked off my list and since we are closing out the first third of the year, I thought it would be a good time to check in with my goals for the 2011 to make sure I am on track with where I wanted to be.
My 2011 goals were a little different from past years in that I didn’t put specific time goals for races or a certain number of miles I wanted to run. Sure I would like to PR in every distance every year, but saying that each year gets a little redundant. Plus I figured I would set time goals for races before each race based on my training and current ability and those would be a more realistic goal to achieve. Instead I focused on the bigger picture for 2011 and what I wanted to look back on the overall year and see.
Be in the present
I want to not set any goals just yet. I want to be in the present more and worry about now or the current race I am training for, rather than what I might want to do 8 months down the road.
Somehow I have actually stuck to this one, and I thought it would be the hardest for me to stick to! I really wanted to make sure that I am in the present more when it comes to running and train for the current race I am training for without thinking about 10 months down the road, and I have definitely done that. I gave myself a deadline of May 1st (Big Sur Marathon) before I am allowed to decide on any fall races for sure, and I have actually stuck to it! I still don’t know exactly what my fall running schedule will look like, but I have some ideas that I will post very soon! I might need your help deciding.
I want 2011 NOT to look like the last 3 years. The last 3 falls have been pretty much identical and it needs to change. I want to run new races and try new things and not do the same races I have done year after year.
So far this year doesn’t look anything like the past couple years. I have only ran TWO races so far (usually I have done a lot more) and am doing close together marathons. Even though I ran Big Sur last year, the course will be different this year and its under much different circumstances. Sticking to this goal for the fall will be a much bigger challenge.
I do know I want to learn more about running, help others out and really reach out to be more involved the running community.
Well I think I surpassed my expectations on this one. Between being an SFM Ambassador, getting my RRCA Running Coach Certification, being a co-captain for team lemon run club, running as a pacer for the SFM training group, co-hosting a weekly track at the beginning of the year, helping organize the Walnut Festival Run and being a part of the Nike Women’s Make Yourself Movement, I think I have covered my bases.
I have been very busy and sometimes slightly overwhelmed, but it’s all been a blast and I can’t wait to continue to grow my involvement in all these different areas. There is a lot of fun stuff coming up and I am looking forward to it all!
How are you doing with your 2011 goals?
This post was April contribution to the Nike Women Make Yourself Movement.