I think goals are important when trying to keep motivated to run each day. Let’s face it, running could be boring if you have no motivation or goals. Losing weight is a good goal. Becoming healthier overall and doing what you can to live a long life for your spouse and kids are great goals.
Personally, I like to set goals for my races that seem “out there”. By doing so, I have continually amazed myself after each race I’ve run. For instance, my new goal for my next 5K in May is to run it under 20 minutes. Is that possible? I don’t know, but if I don’t try (and train) I’ll never find out. Each 5K I’ve run in the past year, I have finished close to 2 minutes faster than the previous one. My last I finished in 22:10. So, why not have a goal to reach for and see what I can do. It makes running more fun for me.
I decided on my biggest goal of my short career yesterday. Boston. Yup, I am no longer going to say that I hope to qualify for Boston in the Jacksonville Marathon in December. My goal is to qualify for it. Once TJ, RS and I qualify, we have to be “chosen” and then we will run it.
So, to make this a real goal and have a constant reminder, I am changing the tag line at the top of my blog from, “The journey is the destination” to “My Journey to Boston”.
I may not make it. Who knows. I may not get under 20 minutes in my next 5K. But if I don’t try and if I don’t set a goal that seems beyond my reach, I’ll never fail because I’ll never try. I would rather try and fail then never try at all.
So here is to the Boston Marathon. I hope to see you soon!