I am such a goal oriented person. Anyone that knows me will agree (ask Nate :). Give me a goal, and I’m happier than ever to chase it, no matter what it is.
Goal setting also gives me renewed pupose behind my training. I tend to think of ways to get out of workouts or cut them short if I don’t have something specifically I’m working towards (It’s too cold today! It’s already 8:30pm… let’s cut the run in 1/2 tonight, etc.).
So, I’ve set out to do some concrete goal planning for this winter and early spring. I’m still working on finding races, but here’s my tentative plan:
November – 1 or 2 5ks – just to see where I’m at. Hope to be somewhere around 18:00
December – 5k – Anyone know of any good ones?
January – Late Jan – the Mankato indoor track meet with the Gusties? 3k? 5k on the roads, 17:50 (know of any good races?)
Feb – Meet of hearts @ Carleton indoor meet – 5k, sub 17:45
March- Late March: Human Race 8k – sub 29:20. Mid march: irish for a day 10 miler? or a 10k?
April- GAC Alumni 5k. Sub 17:30. Get in gear 10k – goal high 36s. Potentially a 1/2 marathon, goal sub 1:22.
May- 1/2 marathon. Haven’t picked one yet. Anyone know of any fast/flat ones? Goal will be sub 1:20.
June- Grandma’s. 2:46!
I know this is really far out to be setting time goals, but I think more than “goals” these are benchmarks I need to hit in order to make a legitamite try at 2:46 at Grandma’s in June.
Just writing this down makes me want to get out & run :). Love it :).
P.S. I’m working on a training partner/group — SUPER excited about the possibility, but there’s still a decent enough chance that it might fall through, so I don’t want to mention anyone specifically yet. So excited, though! I know this will make a huge difference in my training. Sorry for the cliff hanger 🙂
I find what works for me is a goal setting app called GoalsOnTrack and it has worked very well. It saves me a lot of time in keeping track of my goals and most importantly it helps me better organize my daily todos towards achieving my goals. You may want to check it out.