Setting goals is one way I maintain my motivation to run. On days when I just don’t feel like running, reminding myself of my goals helps me lace up my sneakers and get out the door. My current goals for running (and life) are:
1. Run a marathon.
It took me a while to come around to the idea of running 26.2 miles. In fact, it wasn’t until I finished my 5th half marathon in February of this year that I finally decided to take the plunge. So here I am…9 weeks out from my first full marathon. Training is in full swing and I am excited/terrified!
2. Run 1000 miles in 2013.
I had this goal in 2012 as well but, due to a series of injuries, ended up only making it to 752 for the year. For 2013, I am on track to meet this goal with almost 700mi under my belt so far!
3. Run a sub 2:00 half marathon.
Breaking two hours in a half marathon has been on my mind for a while. In August, I came close with a new PR of 2:01:00 at the Madison Mini. The PR was exciting, but it was frustrating to be so close to the 2 hour mark! I don’t have another half on the calendar for 2013, but I look forward to trying again in 2014.
4. Propose my dissertation!
Despite what you may believe, I don’t spend all of my time running/thinking about running. In between runs, I am a graduate student working towards my PhD. This month marks the beginning of what will (hopefully) be my last year of graduate school. First step: propose my dissertation!
So what are you current goals?