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Setting Goals

by John on June 11th, 2010

I knew when I started to get back into regular workouts & trying to eat right that I needed to set goals for myself, both long & short-term. The only other time I’ve tried this, there was really “don’t look like a fat bastard in your wedding photos”. It mostly worked (didn’t look fat, always look like a bastard), but since I didn’t keep my eyes on anything down the road, my plans unraveled shortly after the wedding.

So, these are my goals . . . my rules for my goals are pretty laid back. No goal is too large. No goal is too small. Goals can be modified at any time. If a goal has to be removed, for whatever reason, it still exists in my head, to be resurrected when the time comes.

Endurance Goals

These are quite easy to define. I’m learning that, as long as I don’t care about my times, I’m not so bad at endurance sports.

  • Run a marathon – I’m eyeing the Harrisburg Marathon in November of this year. This means that I need to continue training at my current pace (despite the fact that there will be an additional baby around any day now).
  • Cycle a century every month. Yes, century = 100 miles. It’s far, but I know I can do it, and I have plenty of pretty scenery to help me.
  • Complete an Iron Man. Yes, it’s crazy. I know. But, I really think it’d be an accomplishment that I’d always be able to look back on & smile. Maybe the Lake Placid event in July of 2011, maybe some future one — I’m not setting a timeframe for this. I just want to do it. Of course, this means that I’ll have to start swimming regularly at some point.

Mental Health Goals

Because, let’s face it, if I’m struggling mentally, what’s the point of anything else?

  • Write for at least an hour a day. I need to be creative – the writing can come in the form of blog posts, a short story, a novel, music . . . just create something that wasn’t there before, whether or not other people will ever read it.
  • Meditate every morning. I’ve gotten really, really good at getting up & making myself go. It’s what I do. For just a few minutes, though, I need to make myself stop. It doesn’t have to be long – but for just a few minutes, turn off my mind, turn off my body, & just be.

I managed a second workout yesterday. Duffy took the baby to her sister’s, so I had a little while with nobody around at home, and the weather was beautiful. Since I skipped the morning run, I decided to fit an afternoon run in . . . glad I did. 13 laps around the park (9.1 miles) & felt great afterward. This morning, I went back up to the bedroom & spent some quality time with the kid after dealing with the puppies before running 4 miles. Legs right now, a bit sore, but they’ll be fine by this afternoon.

So, what about you, my reader? What goals do you have set? What are you working for?

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One Comment
  1. I think I need some medidation and writing goals. Too often I do them out of exhaustion or necessity…and then, not so fun.
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