2011 Goals Check In… Q3

Oh hey, it’s October! 

That means we are over 3/4 of the way done with 2011!  Wow that went by fast. 

If you have been reading for a while, you know I like to check in with my goals quarterly to see where I am at, see if there is anything I want to change or if there is anything I might want to add.  Goals are always a work in progress so things definitely change over the matter of a year! 

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I think goal setting is such a great way to keep me accountable to myself and to help me accomplish things I want to accomplish.  Every year I set goals and although they definitely morph throughout the year, each year has an overall tone to it and I try to stick to that.  This year I focused on the bigger picture rather than numbers and times, and so far it’s been working for me.

My 2011 Goals:

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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.

I jumped ahead of this a little bit in May and signed up for a bunch of marathons which backfired on me.  What I am really trying to do now is to be in the present, but it’s not easy!  Although I am having a great time doing whatever I want right now with training and truly love it, all I can think about is what I want to do in the spring next year.  I am trying not to jump too far ahead, but some things require some planning!  I am just really paying attention to what I think I really will want to do then and what will make me happy.

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Be unpredictable

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.

This fall will not look like any other fall I have had since I became a runner, so that’s a win!  There will be no fall marathons, none of the same half marathons even!  Although I do get sad when I hear people talking about Healdsburg and CIM, I know taking a break from those races this year is the 100% right thing to do.

I also would have never predicated myself to decide not to run a marathon that was supposed to be my goal race.  Although I know that I 100% did the right thing, it still stings a little bit knowing I backed out.

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Be involved

I do know I want to learn more about running, help others out and really reach out to be more involved the running community.

I may have gone a little overboard on this goal.  Although I have loved every single thing I have been involved with this year, it did become a lot to handle.  Over the summer my running was turning into an obligation, as in somewhere I had to be at because I was required to, which I think in turn had a lot to do with my burn out.  I hated that I felt that way, but it’s what happened.  Things have calmed down a lot lately, with many of my involvements coming to and end which is a welcomed break. 

I have learned so much this year, I know what I want to commit to next year, I know where I need to step back a little, and now I know that sometimes I just can’t do everything as much as I want to. 

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Anything new?

I think for the next 3 months I just really want to focus on my off season goals, possibly tackling the rest of my fears, and in figuring out what I want to do next year.  I have some big ideas in my head, but I need to make sure they are feasible and I am ready to commit to them before I go running off and doing something crazy.

I also want to enjoy every second of my favorite seasons over the next 6 months!  I love love love running this time of year and I want to soak up every minute that I can of it. 

Are you a goal setter?  How are your 2011 goals shaping up?

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9 Responses to 2011 Goals Check In… Q3

  1. Shut Up and Run October 5, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    I had two big race goals for this year: Boston and my first half ironman. I completed them both. My goal for 2012 is to actually create and a race calendar and not do everything so haphazardly.

  2. The Laminator October 5, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Hey! Don’t be sad Aron! if you know it’s the right decision for you, then that’s all counts!

    You’re healthy and recovering from several years of doing the same thing…which is pretty admirable in it’s own right. How many people can take a break when they are healthy? Most people wait until they break down and it’s too late, so this is pretty cool you can do that.

    I’m sure your body will absolutely thank you for it later when you’re ready to come back fresh again!

    Off-season counts and is a part of racing too! Having the time to try new things is pretty awesome too =)

  3. Lauren October 5, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    So far I’m on track…4 half marathons in the books! Just need to complete the big full in December and 2011 will be a success. Then it’s on the bigger things next year :)

  4. Wendi @ A Southern Yogi October 5, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    I’m exactly at this point in my life. I am exhausted from all of the things I’m doing including training. I’ve already changed from running the Rock N Roll Savannah marathon (my first full) to just doing the half and running it with my mom who’s doing it for the first time. I’m also trying to significantly reduce the amount of commitments I have and what I’d really like to do, is just workout to workout and not have a plan to follow. If I want to take zumba, I’ll do that. If I want to take boot camp, I’ll do that. If I want to swim, I’ll do that. I can do whatever I want whenever I want because I don’t have to do anything. I have 2 half marathons to do by the end of this year and after that, I think i’m just going to have fun with working out again.

  5. Tara October 5, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I love the “to be unpredictable goal”. Keeps you challenged and gets you out of your comfort zone when your aren’t always doing the same old races every year, which i have done in the past.

    My goals this past year were touch and goal since I was out for most of the year with an injury. I do have some big goals taking shape in my head for 2012, but like you, I am not ready to put them on paper just yet.

  6. Marlene October 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Things sure have shifted along the way this year, but that’s all part of the fun! Gotta be flexible and roll with the punches…

  7. Kelsey October 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    I love how you keep yourself in check with your goals! I need to do the same.

  8. RunEatRepeat October 6, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    I love checking in with my goals! It’s the only way to stay on track!!

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