As runners we sometimes obsess about goals. It doesn't matter where we are in the pack, but it's important to know who we are as runners and who we want to be moving forward. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by ourselves in this regard. I keep myself in check by breaking down my goals into categories, and by not being afraid to add or edit them when life gets in the way. And for some reason I've named them after Band of Horses lyrics. I don't know why.
The overarching, 'big idea' of my running is this: I want to feel better everyday. It's that simple. Taking into account my running, my family, and my career they are all intertwined and cannot exist on their own without the others. I try to eat healthily but have the occasional slip up, and I likely have a beer or 8 too many each week. Overall I feel good about myself as I inch closer to my forties, and running in general helps with the Long Vow of feeling better everyday.
The General Specific
We all have busy lives, and trying to steal a few hours several days a week to work out, run, or race is difficult. By making some General Specific goals I can look at the year ahead and build my training accordingly, all the while knowing that they might change for a variety of reasons. These can be particular races, distance goals, etc. Here are a few General Specifics for the rest of 2014 and into '15:
1. Run the 25k at Pick Your Poison and beat last year's time
2. Run at least two more OUSER races in between PYP and Haliburton
3. Think about taking the leap to the 50k at Hali!
4. Eat less meat
5. Plan a destination race
6. Start a running group
How To Live
The day to day of being a trail runner. Here's How to Live (I hope) each week.
1. Run min. 4 times a week (short run, hills, tempo, long run)
2. Strength train 2 times a week
3. Yoga once a week
4. Up my scoring average in my Monday night ball league while still killing it on D (Even Shad would say, "I'm King Kong meets Vince Vaughn and I play like a champion")