I’m not sure where all this introspection is coming from this week. Maybe it’s a few solid weeks of training under my belt. Maybe it’s this weird feeling I’ve had lately that things are about to pull together for me athletically. Anyway, one of the scariest things to do is to put yourself out there and admit your goals. When Katie and I were getting ready for VCM the other day, she started hedging her goal. “Well, I’d like to run under 1:27. I should be able to. But I don’t know…” She blew her goal away, running well under 1:27. Sometimes the biggest part of the battle is admitting what you want from a race.
Stating your goals takes courage. It puts your dreams out there and makes a clear marker of success or failure for everyone else to see. Below are my goals organized into the next 18 months, someday and pie in the sky. Some are pie in the sky because although they are theoretically attainable, they’ll take a lot of things pulling together for me. Furthermore, I’ll be just fine if those remain things I worked for my whole life and didn’t quite achieve. My someday goals and next 18 month goals should be closer in reach.
Next 18 Months
PR in the marathon
Break 1:20 in the half and 37 in the 10K
Get a shiny new 5K PR (see also, race a 5K)
Win a marathon
Win a national title (Masters Club Nationals for track is my best bet…)
Run a beer mile
Break 2:45 in the marathon, 1:18 in the half, 36 in the 10K and 17:30 in the 5K
Run a trail marathon
Transition to an excellent masters career
Pie in the Sky
Olympic Trials Qualifier in the marathon
Start in the Elite Women’s Corral for the Boston Marathon
Get invited to the USA Running Circuit
Get a mention on Let’s Run or Running Times
I put myself out here, now it’s your turn. What are your goals?