The power of a goal.


Today I headed out with the simple goal of running a mile. Just a mile. Not a timed mile, not a super fast mile, just run a mile. I got a new training plan and the first day of each week (Monday) was to run a mile. Yes, I know today is Tuesday, but I just didn’t make it out the door to run yesterday. So what happens when you don’t meet your goal of the day? do it tomorrow right? So today’s goal was run a mile. And I did it. Plus!


At first it started out slow and I barely got moving. My run meter alerted me at 5 minutes. You’ve only run 0.3 miles. Ugh. Ok, well I walked a little in the beginning. I’ll clock it from .5 to 1.5. That’s all that really counts right as long as I get a full mile in. So I did. When my phone alerted me that 10 minutes had gone by, I silently prayed, let it be over .7, let it be over .7 if It’s only at .6 I’m gonna quit right now, but it was well past .7 and so motivated I kept going. At 13.3 minute or so I hit the one mile mark, but things were going well so I was encouraged to keep going. At the 1 mile mark I turned around and headed back to my car. I’d already gone as far as I planned in not too bad of time, but I kept running. At 1.47 I was done. My run meter went off a few seconds later to alert me that I had been running for just over 20 minutes. I thought where will I be if I run the last 1/2 mile. Then I remembered my goal was just to run mile and I’d already done that and I should celebrate accomplishing that goal that I had missed the day before. The rest of the week was still ahead, plenty of time to make  the rest of this weeks goals. I walked back towards my car enjoying the beautiful scenery. About 1/4 mile from my car my run meter went off saying I’d just passed 25 minutes. I decided to go for a sprint. I finished both miles in under 30 minutes and does that feel good.


I wish it was easier to just take off out of my door and run 2 miles quick and easy, I think I would log a lot more runs, but living in Montana’s scenic landscape more then makes up for it.

Met my goal for today and that’s what counts right. I get a feeling of accomplishment like all the rest of my worries will somehow workout since I made this goal. And that’s a big part of why I run.

Have you met your goals recently? I’d love to hear about your struggles and successes.


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