Setting a Goal
Goal #1: Achieved.
Alright…so for me, step one in becoming what some of you consider a “runner” involved setting a goal for myself. Sounds simple enough, I know, but I needed to know what I was aiming for. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get myself out running for the shear fitness of it. I needed to know the end result…where I was going…what I was hoping to achieve. And, quite honestly, I didn’t set out with the goal of becoming a “runner.” I was more motivated by wanting to prove to myself that I could accomplish this.
The goal for everyone will be different. You may be reading this thinking, “I’d like to run 5 minutes without stopping” or “I would like to run a mile without stopping.” Whatever it is, it needs to be motivating and challenging enough for you, but not seem completely out of reason. At the beginning, it would not have been a good idea for me to say, “My goal is to run a marathon.” I would have been overwhelmed from the start and would have certainly given up.
So, one crazy night last July, I decided a 5K (3.1 miles) would be my goal. It seemed doable, yet challenging. At that point, it was a “good day” if I could run for 10 minutes on a treadmill without stopping. Running outside in the Florida heat for more than thirty minutes would definitely be a jump for me, but it didn’t seem out of reason.
Another important part of this goal setting for me, was to find an actual race I could sign up for. I didn’t think that simply the ability to run the 3.1 miles would be enough for me. I knew I would need to prove it by doing a race. That same night last July, I signed up to run my first race–Disney’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 5K. So not only did I have a goal, but I had money invested. There was no turning back then.
So…if you are wanting to become a “runner” or just want to prove to yourself that you can do something like this, my first recommendation is that you set a goal. Decide what it is that you want to do and write it down. Tell someone about it. Post it on your Facebook status. Set the goal and start getting after it! 🙂
- Next up: Determining a Plan