I did it. I signed up for a 10K in May. My big question now is how am I going to train for it?!? What was I thinking…
Once upon a time I was a runner. Before R was born, before I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and before I started to feel really old. Several years ago I ran the Scotiabank Half Marathon, joined Team in Training and raised money for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society. It was a great experience and I was super proud of myself for finishing the training, raising over $2,000 and completing the half marathon.
I was originally inspired to run when I visited Hawaii with my parents before I started law school. We stayed in Waikiki and had front row seats to watch the Honolulu Marathon. I was amazed by all of the people who ran – they were big, small, young and old. It didn’t matter what they looked like or how fast they were. Everyone had a goal and set out to achieve it.
E started running last year and has been doing very well. He ran the Sporting Life 10K last May in great time. I was supposed to join him but wasn’t up to the task.
This year I’m hoping it will be different. I’d like to get back into running and feeling stronger, healthier and better generally. Running another half marathon is not going to happen – I have no time to train or the energy to even figure out what would be involved but I think attempting a 10K is a good goal to set out. I signed up for this year’s Sporting Life 10K and need to start training!
In my work, I recently came across the concept of SMART Goals. I found a super helpful article by Christopher McMullan on the topic. The article can be found here .
By setting out these types of goals, business experts claim that you’ll more likely to achieve them.
What are SMART Goals?
The “S” stands for “specific” The goal that you choose should be simple and clearly defined.
In my case, the specific goal I have in mind is running the 10K in May.
The “M” is for “measurable”. You must be able to determine the success of your goal through something measurable.
For me, the “measurable” part is being able to complete a 10K run.
You don’t want to choose a goal that is impossible to reach right? Otherwise you’ll be deflated by not reaching it and that’s not the point of all of this.
The objective of setting goals is to set a challenge that is possible with a bit of work.
As I sit on my couch writing this I question the “achievability” of my goal but I have to try right? Even if I end of walking part of it or run really slowly it would still be an incredible accomplishment given what life has thrown at me over the past couple of years.
To reach a goal, there needs to be an end result. If I just came out and said I’m going to run that wouldn’t help me very much. It’s unfocused and unclear.
How far am I going to run? Is there something particular I’m working towards? What is the timeline?
So for me, the result will be completing the 10K in May.
As I mention above, not having specificity around your goal can hinder your success. It can create an open objective but without a specific timeline in which to reach that objective.
By setting out a timeframe for accomplishing your goal you can make a plan, take contingencies into account and hopefully follow through on the plan and reach your goal.
My Next Steps
Now that I’ve set out my goal and announced it to the world (or at least those of you who read my blog – thank you by the way) I have to go through with it.
It’s difficult to think about running outside in beautiful May weather when it’s freezing and icy but I’ve got to try! I’m also going to document my training on here and maybe it can provide someone with the inspiration they need to reach a goal they have been thinking about.
Do you have a goal you’d like to reach that using SMART goals can help you achieve? Please share in the comments!