Thanks to everyone who watched my Women Empower Active Interview last week!! I had so much fun chatting about goals and answering questions. Thank you for letting me be part of your community! If you thought of other questions you wanted to ask, you can leave them in the comment section of this post, and I will answer them.

In the interview, I talked about goals. It was mostly a positive discussion, so I thought I would give you an example of pursuing goals in a way that is counterproductive

I am racing the Indianapolis Mini Marathon on Saturday, so I had a last little tune up workout yesterday. I had some 1k repeats at a certain pace to help me get the feel for race rhythm. I knew what I was supposed to do, but I ran faster than the prescribed paces. I got caught up in the joy of running on a track on a perfect, mild spring day and next thing I knew, I was rolling along. I was fully aware that I should not be running under the pace my coach intended, but I chose to carry on. Running faster meant I was fitter, at least in my head, so I carried on and walked away from the workout feeling pretty good about myself. Success!!

Not so fast, lady. (Terrible pun intended. Sorry!)

Running faster than what you are told to do doesn’t really seem that serious, and it certainly doesn’t seem like a big enough error to turn a seemingly successful workout into a failure. But it did. The whole point of the workout was to feel out that particular pace, settle into rhythm and click them off, not to gain any more fitness by crushing each 1k.

As runners, we tend to get focused on the big goal, which for most of us boils down to two words…run faster. That is the mantra running through our brain on a daily basis…run faster, run faster, RUN FAAAAAAAAAAASTER!! If we aren’t careful, the big picture goal overtakes our focus in the day to day grind. Not every day needs to be faster. Not every day SHOULD be faster.

Each day, you have to consider the goal for that day alone. Before you step on the track, before you even step out the door, take a minute to consider what the objective for that day is. If it is to put the foot to the floor and fly, then get out there and hammer! But if it is to run a prescribed pace and that pace only, don’t push it. That isn’t earning you any extra credit, and in fact, it could be doing your training harm.

Pursuing your goals is important. However, it is just as important to be intentional about the way you go about striving for the those goals. I was reminded of that yesterday. Going forward, I am going to stop before even starting each run, acknowledge the goal for that run alone, and pursue that objective only.

Happy running!!


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