Changes in Goals
One of the things that I like about goals, is that you can change them or modify them as frequently as you would like. I have daily goals- sometimes even hourly, short term, and long-term goals. There are goals in varying parts of my life of course.
As a mom, my main goal, is to be the best mom that I can possibly be! This is both a daily, short-term, and long term goal. Most days, I feel like I accomplish this. Of course there are days, that I wonder if I end up accomplishing anything even though I run around like a chicken with its head cut off!! With managing school, sports, home work, the daily ins and outs of life, etc, sometimes my mommy goals get put to the side and we just fly by the seats of our pants!
With running, my goal is a sub-4 marathon. I know that I have written about this before- it’s no secret. Right now, I feel like I’m so close, that I can almost taste it! I have 1 min and 57 seconds to cut off in order to obtain that goal. That would give me a 3:59:59. I can do it. I know I can. It is well within my grip and it’s going to happen. I just have to keep working toward it.
With swimming, I need to increase my endurance. I have decided to put the flippers aside (unless I am swimming after a long run), to build up my endurance. I feel like they have become a crutch for me and I need to just make them go away unless they are really needed to help me with recovery. Endurance is key.
In the last 2 months, I decided that I want to participate in a triathlon,with the long-term goal of an Ironman 70.3. I set my sights on Augusta 2017. I thought it would be attainable. I have come to realize that it truly isn’t my top priority. I only came to terms with this over this last weekend. I went to buy a bike and the process was WAY more complex than I ever imagined. I thought that I would go in, get sized, and walk out with a bike. Not so much. First off, it was just a “weird” experience. Besides that, I learned that a brand new bike will start at…. $1000- yes, you read that right. Holy cow!! How do I even know I like to ride a bike that much? None-the-less, ride a bike for 56 miles (the distance in the 70.3)! I don’t, and that is reality. So, the dream is still alive- just postponed a bit.
Re-evaluating My Goals
The “weird” experience purchasing a bike made me rethink my priorities with athleticism. I had to decide what was the most important thing to me. Well, RUNNING, of course!! Running is my top priority- beyond the shadow of a doubt. With that being said, I do not think that adding in biking at this point of time will allow me to focus as much on running. And to me, that won’t work. I have been running 4 days a week, and my coach, has decided to “sneak in” a 5th day. I say sneak in, because it truly was through subtle means that it happened. He asked me what days I worked, realized I don’t work on Sundays, so “get in what you can” landed on my running schedule on Sunday this week. I just had to laugh!! I started out with running 3 days a week, managed to add a 4th day, then increased my mileage to 40-45 miles, and now will be adding a couple of extra miles a week on Sunday mornings. But, this will help me attain my most important goal.
I have decided that getting a bike can wait until the spring/summer of 2017 and delay the thought of the 70.3 until 2018. I want to be smart in the way that I attempt to accomplish my goals. Also, I want to be smart in my training. I only have so much time with working full time, being a mom of 3 kids, and being active in their sports activities. Whew! It amazes me some days how I manage it. I use my weekday “days off” for training- that is how I fit it all in, along with running on weekends before the kids wake up.
So, I have re-prioritized my goals for 2017. All my activities need to have goals. I do this because it keeps me moving forward in my life and my sports.
For being a Mom- I want to continue to prioritize my children and their activities and to continue encouraging them to develop their talents to the best of their ability. The boys are both talented in baseball and basketball, and then Cole has an amazing talent in cross country as well. Caitlin loves baseball, and she also is talented in swimming. She now swims twice a week at the pre-swim team level. I am so proud of each one of them. I also want them to know how proud I am of all of their accomplishments- without making them have large heads!
For Swimming- I want to build my endurance- ideally get to swim 1000 yards straight by the end of next year. That is a very hefty goal, considering I am no where near that at this point of my training. But, that is OK. I am swimming 2 days per week and I am hoping to get in some Saturday mornings which will give me a 3rd day per week. I know that this will help me build my endurance to where I need it to be. With being part of the Masters Program, at least I have someone coaching me to achieve my goals.
For Running- I am going to continue training with my current coach. He knows my ins and outs- he is still learning all of my quirks! I have seen such significant improvement since February and I just overall feel better when I run, after working with him over the last 8 months. He has faith in me, and writes my weekly schedules based off my strengths and weaknesses. To me, that is huge. I want to get below a 4 hour marathon, and then slowly hack away at the time, little by little, to see where I can push things. I THRIVE on training! In fact, my recovery week I didn’t have a plan and felt lost. Getting back into training mode helps to put me in a better mood, focus me better, and just overall make me feel better. When I approach the marathon, I seem to question why I put myself through the racing part of it. Especially when the training part is my favorite. But, how else do you test your body’s limits? You race! The marathon isn’t my favorite distance- I’m not exactly sure yet what my favorite distance is, but I think its the 1/2 marathon. That, too, I’d like to improve. But with new goals in my sights, I want to crush them!
Having goals is important to forward progress. Working toward my goals is what keeps me motivated. Of course making progress in races always makes me feel good. I know that that won’t happen every time, and that’s OK. Knowing that I ran the best race that I can run is the most important thing for me with every race! Being the best me that I can be truly is what I want into do!