Well Conkers Run Fantastic has started and it’s “Go, go go!”
Let’s get stuck in and hit our targets for the first week of Conkers Run Fantastic.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post it’s not about achieving 100%, it’s about striving to succeed and that means being consistent in your workouts, if you haven’t set your targets yet then pop on over to the Conkers Run Fantastic website and get them entered. And don’t forget to log your workouts.
[bra_blockquote align=’right’]“Setting goals gives life meaning. The feeling of setting a goal, working hard, and then achieving it is the best.” Sarah Jamieson, Olympian and Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist[/bra_blockquote]
Sometimes our goal is glaringly obvious, for example a breaking 30 mins for a 5k parkrun or going sub-3:30 in a marathon. Sometimes though, it’s not so obvious. But identifying what you really want rather than just going through the motions is the first step to getting and keeping the energy and commitment you’ll need to succeed.
I was watching an episode of George Clark’s Amazing Spaces with Ami the other night, and those people who have created these incredible small spaces don’t start with a bunch of materials which they then try put together to create their small space (OK, there was one – but it’s not recommended). They start with a vision, a dream. They think about how they will use it, what it will feel like inside and how it will look. Only then do they start planning how to build it. It needs to be the same for your training.
Goals act as a catalyst. They give you energy and drive, they inform your decision-making and strengthen your commitment. All training journeys will hiccups and setbacks, so you need to be enthusiastic about your goal. Because it’s that enthusiasm that will give you the persistence, determination and the ability to get back up when you’ve been knocked down.
What if I don’t have a goal for Run Fantastic?
I bet you do, you just haven’t discovered it yet. If you’re struggling to set your goal, use the following questions as prompts. Give yourself some time and space, and ask yourself:
- What do I want to achieve in terms of performance?
- What does my ideal day look like?
- How would I like to feel at the end of Run Fantastic?
- What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail?
Of course, once you’ve got your goal you need to plan how you’re going to achieve it. I used a three-step process last year and I’m doing the same this year.
The three step process for setting your goals
This is the process I use:
- Set your goals
- Define your reasons to help you sustain your energy and commitment
- Identify the steps you’ll need to take to achieve each goal
- A marathon PB at the Boston Marathon (time goal will be set nearer the time when I know what kind of shape I’m in)
- Boston is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I want to perform my best
- The legs can go faster
- Smart training plan
- Run some XC to build strength in the legs – XC races or parkrun courses
- Strength work once a week – an increase from zero strength work
- Consistent mileage
It’s time to get on the mojo train!
And don’t be afraid to dream big!
Until next time…