Good morning my friends! I am up early because last night was another night of restless sleep. You know you are a mother runner, when you are begging your child to sleep through the night so that you can start marathon training. Without some good sleep, recently, I have put my self at risk for injury by attempting high mileage weeks. Luckily, I have scaled back majorly and putting my mileage building on hold. I have to remind myself that Rest and Recovery are two big components of Marathon Training and both should be taking as seriously as the Long Run. Hopefully, the little one will be sleeping through the night before June (when I will begin a marathon training plan). Okay, enough about my lack of sleep…moving on to the winner of the Ragnar Race shirt:
The winner is ‘Christina@LiveDreamRun‘ Congrats!
Email me at MarkMyMiles@gmail.com to claim your shirt : )
This morning, I am continuing with my weekly series called ‘Training Talk Tuesdays’. For those of you who are new readers, each Tuesday, the running coach in me comes out and I write about training for a race of various distances. Hope you join in the fun each week and be sure to email me with any specific questions you may have that you want me to cover in this series. Contact me.
(Disclaimer: Although, I am a RRCA Certified Running Coach, the information, I post may not be right for you. Please speak with a medical professional before making any changes to your current routine).
This week we are focusing on setting goals. Previously, I mentioned how I have decided to spend March focusing on rekindling my motivation…Motivation in March, is what I termed it. I even wrote about the importance of visualizing our goals to increase motivation.
After several setbacks, including my own health issues, caring for my sick family member and transitioning jobs, I am confident that without having SMART goals, I would have given up on running when feeling overwhelmed with life stressors. It has worked for me to revisit my goals and I want YOU to meet your goals as well.
Follow these tips to develop a Running Goal for March and share with me what you decided on. I’d love to support you as you DREAM BIG!
The SMART Running Goal:
- S is for Specific. “Run more” is an open goal, hard to visualize exactly what that looks like. “Run outside for 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week” gives you something to really visualize, and measure.
- M is for Measurable. Make sure you have a means to measure your success. Ask yourself, “How much?” “How many?” and “How often?”
- A is for Attainable. Create a goal you can actually accomplish in a healthy manner, given your current situation. “I will run for an hour every day for the next year” is probably not realistic. Don’t set yourself up to fail for aiming too high – BIG goals are good, but make sure they’re still do-able.
- R is for Relevant. If your big-picture goal is to become a faster runner, signing up for a cooking class (unless you are cooking runner friendly foods ; ) may not be the best path at this time. Your goals should all support each other, so think big-picture, and save fun-but-not-as-relevant goals for another time.
- T is for Timely. Make sure your efforts have a set beginning and end point. For example, start each goal by saying, “By the end of March, I will have…”
I’m off to get things ready for the day before the others wake. Have a terrific Tuesday my friends!
What is one goal you have for March?
What helps you rekindle motivation to meet your running goals?