Monday, June 9, 2014

be bold and courageous: goal setting

One of the perks of being on the Team LUNA Chix Boston Run team is that we get access to some amazing athletes. This weekend the team hosted a goal setting clinic with former Pro LUNA athlete Terra Castro. The plan was to talk about goal setting before heading out on a short run. We met at Athleta yesterday to talk about goals - the scary, don't want to say it out loud because then you'll actually have to work for it, terrifying kind of goal. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to write down on my vision before and finally it hit me.

I want to run a sub-2 hour half marathon.

I said it out loud to the group and immediately started doubting myself. Under two hours? My current PR is 2:15:11, how realistic is it for me to shave off almost 16 minutes from my time?

Everyone was really supportive of my goal, which was encouraging. Julia looked at me and told me to pick a race, and Terra said that if I'm comfortably running a 2:15 (what I ran in the NYC half this past March), then I could probably do a 2:08 in the near future. Hey, if they thought I could do it, maybe it wasn't totally far-fetched. I have run 12 half marathons and that fact is that training has almost become second nature. Maybe that's part of the problem - perhaps I'm too comfortable with this distance. I've gotten the training down pat - three to four runs a week, a little bit of cross training and then I'm all set for race day. If I'm being honest, I can admit that I've been coasting through training. And you know what they say - if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.

After we talked about our goals, we got started on our vision boards. Admittedly, at first I thought the idea was a little cheesy. How could cutting out phrases and pictures help to get me any closer to my goal? In and of itself, probably nothing. However, I found it really helpful to really give some thought to my goal and the what I need to accomplish in order to get there.

So, this is my goal. I WILL run a sub-2 hour half marathon. It might not be in 2014, and that's okay. For now I'm going to start with training for my sprint triathlon that's in early September. The short term goal is to do an October half - perhaps Newport since it's such a beautiful course and where I first broke out of my 2:20 half marathon time with a 2:15:43 back in 2010. It took almost four years to beat that time, and even then it was by a measly 32 seconds. I can run faster. I will run faster. I will train to be faster. If I put in the work, it will eventually pay off.

Thank you, Terra, and my wonderful LUNA Chix, for helping me to be bold and courageous, and for helping me to realize that my goals are worth fighting for.

Talk to me about your goals - what are you working towards? What is your big, scary, don't want to say it out loud goal? How are you going to get there? 

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