As I’ve mentioned before, I’m kind of a recreational runner. This is in large part due to the fact that I work and am in school full time, have a husband to love and house to keep clean. Anyways, with that in mind (because I obviously can’t just be proud of myself), I decided to give myself the BHAG of running 70 miles in the month of November!! When I ran my final four miles this morning, I was SO proud of myself, I couldn’t stop grinning! As you can see by my little graph, I ran exactly 70 miles. Not 70.01. But 70.
My sweet husband was also so proud of me but we are both SO happy that I’ll be able to cuddle tomorrow morning instead of freezing outside in the ‘cold’.
Now that I’m done shouting out to myself (hah) I just want to point out the merits of keeping track of your running/workouts in order to track your progress. I’ve been using the app “RunKeeper” since Sept 2010, and I LOVE (I’m a little obsessed) checking out how much better of a runner I’ve become since then. I’ve since graduated to my shiny little Garmin, which is a lot more accurate.
Goals are important because they are what keep us from being UN-motivated runners.
Set your Goal: Every month I set a goal, even if I don’t meet that goal, I run much farther than if I don’t.
Break it Down: Decide how many miles you have to run per week, strength days you’ll incorporate, and rest days. Then stick to it.
Make it Measurable: Give yourself a start and an end date.
For example, I wanted to run 500 miles in 2012. That means I’ll be running an average of 40 miles/month, 10 miles/week. No big deal! I’m happy to say I’m definitely going to KILL that goal as well!
Keep track of where you’ve come from, not how far you need to go! What goals have you recently demolished? What’s your goal strategy?