Goals: the destination of a journey. They should be measurable, observable, the desired result. I always have work goals and several personal and fitness-related goals in my mind at a given time. But these days, following Boston and my first trail ultra, I am feeling a bit unsettled in my fitness plans. Adding to the lack of running ambitions and motivation has been the post-marriage mentality of ambition fatigue. Mark and I have really enjoyed the last couple of months (and hopefully many more years of happiness to come), but I think that it’s time for some goal setting.
First, I need to determine what I want to accomplish most. Do I aim for a fast marathon? Or a farther distance? Do I even move beyond running goals? Here are some ideas for my fitness goals:
Across this spectrum, jotting these ideas down has been helpful, and I recommend you do the same if you’re struggling to specify your plan. Once I decide on the next goal(s), I will find a way to keep myself accountable either by working with coaches again or writing my workouts down. Tracking my progress will be important motivator.
This is just the start of a longer process – more on this to come!
Boston was so beautiful yesterday:
Suddenly my runs (run-walks) around my favorite routes have been sweaty but scenic. I’ve been listening to S-Town, which I will promptly add to my next round of podcast recommendations. So interesting and profound, a great story. Listening to this podcast also makes me thankful to live in Boston. Have a Happy Thursday!
What are your current running goals? Is there a distance/event you have always wanted to try?
What’s your favorite tip for staying cool while running in the summer heat?
What’s your favorite thing about the city/location where you live?