In the January issue of Runner's World, there was a resolution guide, but it was unique. It gave you goals each month to help improve your overall running. Much more manageable than the goal of "getting better this year." After all, goals should be SMART:
Okay, I will stop boring you now. I just had to put a little bit of geeky-ness in there. But for real, you shouldn't set a super broad goal without setting smaller steps in there.
Anyway, I have kind of forgotten about it, but I saw that another blogger was doing some August goals, so I decided to dig out the old Runner's World (well the website actually), and commit to the August goal.
The broad goal of August, as defined by Runner's World, is "Rediscover your Mojo." They must really be geniuses because this was just what I was needing!
|No, I need to rediscover it.|
2. Schedule the workouts you like to do: If you really like hill repeats or despise tempo runs, run accordingly. “It may not be perfect physiologically,” says Leivers, “but if it’s a workout you’re excited for, you’re more likely to actually do it.”I start official half-marathon training the third week of August, but I will try to do some fun things between now and then. I really like hill repeats. They are hard, but I like them (I have no clue why). I also really like tempo runs because I feel legit. I mean I get to run fast. Who doesn't like that? I am not a huge fan of long runs, but I am beginning to like them more (which is a good thing because they are pretty important to a half-marathon buildup). Spoiler alert: September's goal is mastering the long run, so I am pretty excited about that. Why haven't I been doing these goals the whole year?
|The only hill in Charleston. Well pretty much the only one.|
3. Revisit—or set new—both short- and long-term goals. “Give yourself four-week, three-month, and six-month goals,” says Baker. “Once your goals are out of your head and on paper, they are closer to happening.”4-Week Goal: Be consistent in half training. I want to only have missed two runs for the scheduled runs of the month. Unless something terrible happens, then I will adjust.
Three-Month Goal: By November 1st, I want to have blogged twice a week every week. I know, not really running related, but it will keep me reliable for my training.
Six-Month Goal: Sub-2:00 half marathon. That is technically a 4.5 month goal because I want it to happen by the end of the year at Kiawah. And if it doesn't happen then, you can bet I will be signing up for the Charleston 1/2 Marathon in January. But only as a last resort. I have heard the course isn't that great.
|Well actually 1:59:99|
4. Sign up for a short-for-you race—could be a 5-K, could be a trail half-marathon. “The immediate satisfaction you feel from crossing a finish line can kick-start the rest of your training,” says Underhill.I am running the ALS HOPE Race 5K in September so kind of delayed, but it will be fun and it is for a great cause. Check out runs for ALS in your area. They are for an AWESOME CAUSE!
5. Finally, if you’re on the should-I-go fence, mentally fast forward to later that day. “I always know I’ll feel worse if I haven’t run,” says Jessica Hofheimer, a running coach and Pilates instructor in Reston, Virginia. “I’ll be disappointed in myself, so it’s worth it just to try. Plus, there’s nothing like the feeling of being done with a run.”I probably should go.