Sunday, May 22, 2011


So what's your goal? To lose weight? To finish a half marathon? To run a mile? To just plain old get more active? To get healthier? To fit into those skinny jeans that have been sitting in your closet horribly neglected lately? To transform your derriere into one that looks like Pippa Middleton's (It does even have it's own Facebook now you know)?

Whatever your goal, there are many different ways to go about getting there. For some people, it is no problem to just set the final goal and work steadily towards it. That is commendable but honestly, I'm not one of those people. I need to do things in baby steps with positive reinforcement and rewards along the way. I like to set intermediate goals that will lead up to my final goal - focus on just losing 5 lbs at a time, rather than the whole 25 that I really could stand to lose; or finish each mile one at a time, on my way to the whole 10; or just run to that next telephone pole, and then I can walk for a bit. For me, its just way easier to get my head around a small chunk of what I hope to accomplish - it doesn't seem nearly as daunting.

I'm also a big fan of the tiered approach to goal setting. For example, for my last big race, I had a whole set of goals: finish the race any way, finish the race still upright with a smile on my face, finish faster than I'd done the year prior, finish within a certain time (which was probably feasible if all went well), and then finish within a faster time which was probably only possible if everything went perfectly. Well, a few things went awry and it wasn't my best race ever. But, I achieved my 3 of my 5 goals and was able to walk away feeling happy and proud, and very successful. I'm all about making some of your goals totally achievable - why not set yourself up for guaranteed success sometimes? For me, reaching a goal and achieving that success is one of the best motivators to keep me going once step closer to my ultimate goal.

So, comment and tell us about your goals for this year and how you're going to get there!

Previously on Mainely Running