We are now 10 days into 2012 and I haven’t talked about goals yet… *gasp*
I have a lot of goals for myself, and specifically to be talked about on this blog since it is a running blog after all, a lot of running and athletic goals.
I used to sit down at the end of each year and lay out exactly what I wanted to accomplish in the upcoming year. I would assign goals to that year and be very specific, hoping to achieve a certain time in X distance or to run X amount of miles by December 31st. If I didn’t, or my mind changed along the way, then I just didn’t reach my goals for the year and that was that.
While I think setting goals is a great rewarding way to stay motivated, I just found myself not really liking the whole process I was going through. I started to resent having goals and didn’t find them motivating like I used to. Just because I said I wanted to run a marathon PR in January, doesn’t mean I still want to train for and attempt one in September. I found myself changing what I wanted to do, but feeling like I needed to stick to those certain goals since I set them.
Last year I decided to change it up and set different kind of goals. Goals that pertained to an attitude and outlook on the year, rather than hard cut number goals. It worked, I liked it and I finished the year feeling very successful and accomplished and learned a lot as well. Looking forward I want to continue to embrace those goals from last year.
This year is already way different from any other year I have been running. I am training for something huge, new, and completely different from what I have done before with marathon training, and I have no idea how I am going to feel after it’s over.
After April 7th who knows what will happen. Maybe I will stick to trail running and ultra-marathons? Maybe I will want to run further? Maybe I will hate it and want to only race 5ks? Maybe I will want a break from running and get on my bike? Maybe I will want to run another fast marathon?
Maybe, maybe, maybe… only time knows.
So for 2012 I am not going to put any hard goals down to be defined as “2012 goals” because I really don’t know what I will want to do come May. Instead I am going to list my running/athletic goals that I want to accomplish some year, some day, some time. Some
may will happen in 2012 and some may not happen until 2022, but they are on my current list of goals. I am sure this list will change over time and will probably have a few more bullet points as the year goes on.
- Run a 50 mile ultra-marathon – I have wanted to run an ultra-marathon for a few years now and marathons kept getting in the way. I am excited to finally be tackling this one! Who knows what additions this goal will add to the list.
- Run a Sub 3:30 Marathon – For me, that sub-8 minute mile pace is a very big deal. If I could run a marathon that had an average pace with a 7 in the front, I would be one happy camper.
- Run a Sub 1:40 Half Marathon – I have had this goal for a while, and someday I want to train specifically for a fast half marathon and take that PR down a few minutes.
- Cross off the Marathons on My List – There are a lot of marathons I want to run, and a lot that aren’t even on that list. I want to travel and run and have fun!
- Run all the Bay Area Trails in my Bay Area Trail Runner’s Guide – I got the best trail running book for my birthday a couple years ago when I started exploring trail running. I took a break for a while, but now that I am back, I want to run them all!
- Run 100 miles in a week – My current highest mileage for one week is 70 miles. I want to run 100 and I will!
- Complete a century bike ride – As much as I love running, I do love my bike even though it takes a very big backseat to my running shoes. I have always wanted to ride 100 miles, so one of these days when I get sick of running, I will train and complete one.
So those are just a few of my big goals I want to accomplish. They don’t all mesh together, so it’s not like they could possibly be done in one calendar year anyways. I will follow my heart and when the time is right, I will tackle each and every one of those goals.
Are you a goal setter? Did you set goals for 2012? Do you have “someday” running goals?