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My Goals

I think that goals are one of the most important things in being a successful runner. Sometimes you meet your goals, and sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you overshoot and are disappointed, and sometimes you undershoot and underestimate your abilities. Sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised when you blow past a goal and perform much better than your expectations and sometimes you work all season for a goal you can never quite achieve. Yet season after season, I compare where I’m at now, what training I intend to do, and where I want to be, and I set my goals. Maybe they’re too high, maybe they’re too low, but they’re all going on sticky notes on my bedroom wall and I guess we’ll find out later whether I will ever reach them or not!

Short term goals:

My goals for winter 2012-13:

  • Run. As much as possible. Log at least 200 miles.
  • Keep my log updated so I can keep track of my miles
  • Try to eat healthy, even with all the yummy Christmas cookies everywhere!
  • Do an ab workout at least twice a week

~ Feb. 11, 2013 update – I ran enough to keep myself in shape but missed the 200 mile goal, I did some ab workouts but not as many as twice a week, I kept myself healthy enough but gave in to the sugary, empty-calorie foods a few too many times, and I kept my running log updated since January 1st! So either I set my goals too high or I just need to work more on actually achieving them…We’ll see how I do with my goals for this upcoming track season! ~

My goals for the 2013 track season:

  • Be in decent shape at the beginning of the season
  • Don’t miss practice
  • 400m – 1:04
  • 800m – 2:27
  • 1500m – 5:20
  • 3000m – 11:10
  • Claim my spot on the varsity 4×8 team
  • Don’t complain at practice
  • Stay positive and give it as much effort as I do in cross-country
  • Make state!

~May 29, 2013 update~ I started off the season pretty strong and wasn’t nearly as out of shape as I’d been at the beginning of the season last year! For most of the season I don’t think I missed a single practice, so I’ve got that goal down! Because of the icky weather and all of the cancelled meets this year, I didn’t get a chance to run as many races, and I didn’t do many other races other than 800s. I ran two 400’s, and ran a 66 in the first one, which is the same as my PR from last year. I think I could’ve dropped even more time had I gotten the chance! I was one second off of my 800 goal, with 2:28. That’s 9 seconds off of my PR from last year, which is pretty good! But had I not gotten Plantar Fasciitis at the end of my season, maybe I could’ve done better. I’ll just have to keep dropping time next year! I ran one 1500 this year in 5:18, so I got that goal too! I never ran any 3000’s. I ran on the varsity 4×8 all year, and we made it to Drake and to State! I still gotta work on not complaining….At the end of the day, I think this track season was pretty successful, and I hope to continue to push for more PR’s and more improvement in the upcoming seasons!

Slightly longer-term goals:

Goals for summer 2013:

  • Log 400 miles and get a 400 mile club shirt!
  • Don’t take any days off
  • Get up to regular 14-mile weekly long-runs by mid-July
  • ~May 29 additions~AB workout 3x per week
  • Take care of my Plantar Fasciitis and get it healed ASAP
  • Do some two-a-days if I need to

My goals for the 2013 cross country season:

  • Run varsity
  • Be mentally strong through each and every race
  • Make state – and get the state-qualifying banner
  • Be at least 2nd team All-Metro
  • Break 15 minutes!

My goals for college:

  • Decide whether I’m going to continue my running career by running for my college
  • Run a full marathon
  • Keep running, stay in shape, and don’t gain an unhealthy amount of weight

Long-term goals:

  • Qualify for the Boston Marathon
  • Keep running!
  • Encourage my future kids to love running as much as I do now!

So there you go. My goals as of December 19, 2012. They may change. They may or may not become reality. But I will do everything in my ability to reach them.

~ Feb. 11, 2013, end-of-winter and beginning-of-track-season update – I ran enough to keep myself in shape but missed the 200 mile goal, I did some ab workouts but not as many as twice a week, I kept myself healthy enough but gave in to the sugary, empty-calorie foods a few too many times, and I kept my running log updated since January 1st! So either I set my winter goals too unrealistically high (unlikely) or I just need to work more on actually achieving them (more likely)…We’ll see how I do with my goals for this upcoming track season! ~


15 responses to “My Goals

  1. runberryrun says:

    I have to ask…break 15:00 in xc? What distance do you race? Where are you from? I coach boys xc and track in the Detroit area. I agree goal-setting is crucial in developing as a runner. These are some solid goals. Keep them fresh in your mind, and you can reach them! 🙂

  2. lovetorun17 says:

    We run a 4k, unlike the girls in other states that I know run 5ks. So breaking 15 minutes isn’t nearly as impressive here as it would be there, but it’s still a solid 6-minute mile! Thanks for your encouragement! 🙂

  3. MikeW says:

    Setting goals in high school; gives me hope for the future! I was impressed that you reset your goals again, adjusting and adapting instead of losing interest. So very impressive.

  4. Coach Mark says:

    Great goals. The offseason is when champions are made. Don’t forget that. Get in as many miles as possible in the offseason but do it smart. I’d love to chat some time at teachtorun.

    You are doing very well though, nice work!

  5. Dominique Jackson says:

    When it comes to not taking in days off, don’t make that’s a goal. You want to make sure you are not overtraining and taking care of your body. With that foot problem be cautious. Heal that up 1st! Do some cross training and try to stay healthy. Being smart and taking care of your body is the main goal. Everything else will fall into place.. Enjoy the process. 🙂

    • lovetorun17 says:

      Thanks, I guess I am trying to just run through this, even when I know I should be taking it easy some days. I don’t want to get my 400 mile club t-shirt this summer just to have my foot act up and not be able to finish my season. It’s a tough trade-off though, and it’s so hard for me to justify to myself when I take days off this summer!

      • Dominique Jackson says:

        It’s a balance. Rest and training. Make sure you read my upcoming blog. It should help. Ur goals are great! Don’t let them go.. But when your training keep in mind the end goal is great but it’s how you got there that makes it worth while.

  6. Hi, I’m a cross country runner and my first season I could only break 28 minutes. Do you have any tips on how to do better?

    • lovetorun17 says:

      Hi! Well you’ve already got the first step down, just by putting yourself out there and running! I’m guessing you’re running a 5K for your races? Some things you could think about would be to make sure you’re running at least 4 times a week during the off-season to keep up your fitness, and I would even try to increase your mileage if you can (at a safe rate of about 10% each week), to keep increasing your aerobic ability. Also, hill and tempo runs can be beneficial to work in as well! Whatever you do, don’t give up on yourself. So much of is mental, and if you can keep motivated and have confidence in yourself, you’ve already won half the battle. Maybe come up with a mantra or something to tell yourself while you run to help remind you that you’re strong and that you’ve got this!

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