Thursday, July 2, 2009

Goal Setting

"The Tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach." Benjamin Mays

Last night, our running group enjoyed a leisurely run through downtown Hingham. Although we have been experiencing the WORST weather in June's history, the weather gods must have granted our wish for a dry run. How amazing was that after the treacherous storms of the day?

We journeyed out and about, jogging, running and sprinting up hills with a few walks breaks, completing almost 3.5 miles according to Debbie's transponder. Oops- my mapmyrun skills lagged again! But, it was great. Our last run gave us a chance to reflect on our path from April 28th. We have run more than the distance required of us on Saturday, and we know before we even toe the line that we will finish.

Before we started our group, we shared a common goal- to finish the July 4th road race. And, we will? But, what other goals did you have? What other goals have now sprung from knowing that your accomplishment of this one is so near? (Lydia, we will find you a 10K!)

There is a saying that goals need to be SMART

Specific
Measurable
Action-oriented
Realistic
Time-based

And, by following this philosophy, our goal for Saturday almost seems so small now. We have a set goal, a way to measure its success, a plan to get there, one that was realistic and one that had an end date. Such a good way to think about ANYTTHING we want to accomplish in life, whether it be an athletic endeavor or a personal wish.

I will see you Saturday. For now, drink lots of water over the next two days, getting plenty of rest, and run only between one and two miles. Your goal is near.

"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." (Hebrews 12:1)

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