Setting and Meeting Goals
I've been hinting at it for a while now. As of this morning, I'm officially signed up.
In September 2015, I am going to run 100 miles in a single effort. Run Rabbit Run, here I come!
There. I said it. The goal is set. It it no longer an idea floating around. It is no longer something I talk about maybe doing one day.
And setting a goal is as simple as that. You take something you are thinking about doing one day, and you make that day happen. But in order for a goal to be a real goal there are some general guidelines. Our friend Mike Beeman reminded us about this in the last RunJunkEe newsletter. (You do get the RunJunkEe newsletter, right?) In case you missed it, the acronym commonly used is S.M.A.R.T. You want SMART goals. It breaks down like this:
OK, we have goals. It's time to execute. How the heck do we make this happen?
This is where things start to get personal, and specific to your goal. At a minimum, you need to make a plan. And parts of that plan may include planning to do more planning in the future. The important part here is to have at least a high level idea of what is needed. The REALLY important part is to ask for help if you think you can't quite piece it together.
I couldn't quite piece together what it would take to get from maintenance miles to a solid 100 mile effort. I asked for help. I hired a coach. What you do to piece your goals together is going to depend on you, what you need, where you are starting, and what the goal is. Again, don't be afraid to ask for help.
I will be sharing my journey to a 100 mile run throughout the year. You will get to see as much of the experience as I can share. My hope is to show that an average guy can push his limits and do something that most people would say is impossible. How I plan to go about that is pretty simple, really. I plan to run. More than I have ever run before. I plan to follow the training my coach has set out for me. I plan to talk with my coach frequently and share what I am going through, and listen to what he has to offer. And I plan to enjoy as much of the journey as possible.