My Goals- Running

As I shared last week, I thought it might be good, or at least interesting, if I started sharing my goals with you.  You’ve probably noticed that I am a big fan of community, and I thought by sharing with you my objectives, I might also get your support in achieving them. It takes a Village, ha ha.

It’s really not just about me though. I hope that by doing this, that it encourages others to also get better at setting and working towards their goals.  As we go forward, feel free to tell me what goals you’ve set for yourself, and how you’re doing in achieving them.

This isn’t the first time I’ve ever set goals or created a plan.  I’ve done this many times in the past, and with similar goals.  But that’s the interesting part, some of these goals I’ve had before.  I’ve achieved them, and then forgot about them.  And then, over time, I found myself sliding back into the position that made me want to set the goals in the first place.

One of the themes you will see me talk about over time is being consistent.  I want to make sure that as I achieve my goals, I’m replacing them with new goals that either build on what I’ve done, or at least help me achieve similar results. I want to get more consistent in my goal setting, and not so much start and stop.

One of the other themes you are going to see is that my goals fall will fall into two categories, fitness and finance.  I may add others over time, but these are the two areas I’m going to focus on first. In this post, I’m only going to talk about the fitness side.

Let’s get into it

After completing the Mother’s Day 5k

The first goal I’m going to share is the one I’m most excited about.  It’s to run a half marathon before the end of the year.

This won’t be my first, but it is my first in over two years. So it’s going to take some training.

I was never a runner while I was growing up (swimming was my sport), and I didn’t even get into it until after I had my child.  My Dad was a pretty active runner during my childhood, but for some reason it never really appealed to me.  It was only when my husband talked me into running a 5k with him that I even started.

Some background on my husband- he was a runner.  He ran track and cross country growing up, in addition to soccer and other sports.  He wasn’t an active runner by this time, but he knew how to train, and got back into it pretty easily.

It wasn’t so easy for myself.  It took me awhile to get good at pacing myself, and I went through several pairs of shoes until I found one that worked well with my feet.

Then, a funny thing happened as we got close to the day of the event. My husband caught pneumonia.

It was partially his own fault. While recovering from a cold, he tried getting back into his training too soon. He started on recovery quickly after recognizing this, but the damage was already done.  He had to completely stop his training and would not be able to run the race with me.

I could have used that as the excuse I needed and dropped out as well, but I didn’t.  I kept training. Even through my husband’s second goof up.

As it turned out, it wasn’t a 5k race we signed up for, it was a 5 MILE race.  With only like a week or two to go, we made this nice little discovery. I don’t know how we missed it that whole time, but my training was for a race that was almost two miles shorter than what I was going to have to run. I had a feeling of pending doom.

My first Half Marathon, with my friend Angie

But I kept at it, increasing my training distance.  And then race day came, and I did it.

My time wasn’t pretty, but I was so proud of myself for completing my first ever race, and a five miler at that. That was five years ago, and ever since then I’ve had the bug.

In the years after, I ran several more races, 5k’s and 5 milers, working my way up to my big achievement, my first half marathon.  I did that four years ago, and that was kind of my crowning achievement. And then two years ago, I did it again, with a couple more 5k’s in
between.

But then I stopped.

After completing the Gasparilla Half Marathon

I didn’t stop running, I still did this two or three times a week. But I stopped racing, and I stopped training. My times declined, and I knew I didn’t have the endurance I used to. I didn’t sign up for any new races, and wasn’t even really thinking about it anymore.

But earlier this year, my husband and I challenged each other to run a 5k together again. We both trained, and then had a good race event.  This was several weeks ago, and my son is old enough even he was able to get into the action this time.

Afterwards, I had that feeling again, that I needed to do another half marathon.

Saw this deer while running in northern Virginia last year

I did my research, and I was able to find one that is scheduled towards the end of the year. That should give me enough time to train and be ready for it.

So that’s my fitness goal, run a half marathon before the end of the year.  I’ll keep you updated as I develop my training regimen. There will be weekly goals that go along with this, and I’ll share those with you, as well as how I did against them.

Are you a runner?  Do you have any races planned this year?  If you’re not a runner, have you ever considered getting into it?

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4 thoughts on “My Goals- Running

  1. I would love to have the passion and drive for running that you seem to have. For me it just seems to be an impossible goal. But I admire you greatly for doing it and your consistency. You seem to be so good at it. I’m happy to follow you and your goals inspire me.

    1. Hi Candy,
      Thank you!!! ☺️ So glad to inspire you. I didn’t start my journey until after I turned 40. It’s never too late. Whether it be running, yoga, bootcamp or any other fitness, sport or hobby- first step is actually taking the first step. Start off slow and gradually build up. Speed doesn’t matter one bit.
      We can all inspire each other!

  2. Good for you!

    I don’t run, but I’ve been thinking about getting into it. I just don’t know where to start.

    1. HI Susan, thank you! I think where to start is to try walking regularly. Maybe try to walk about 30 minutes after dinner in the evenings about 2-3x per week. Gradually see if you weave in some jogging. Don’t go too far or too fast. Eventually you can work your way into running and walking. Until one day you will no longer have to take walking breaks and you can start running. When I started out- the more I ran- the easier it got. But I had to be patient with myself, and I had to be consistent. With those two things stuck in my head- it helped me stick with it. Good luck!

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