With the start of a new month, I think it's time to re-evaluate my goals...
While ringing in the New Year a few months ago, I thought it would be a grand idea to run a 5K. Not just participate, but to finish in under 30 minutes.
I created a training schedule based on what I knew of my athletic abilities and what I was able to Google. Last night I found that training schedule, tucked in the back of my calendar.
As of now, I should be able to run over 3.5 miles in 45 minutes.
As of now, I have yet to run over 3 miles.
As of now, I have 4 weeks and 3 days until my first 5K.
My goal for that race? To run 3.1 miles without stopping.
Since I'm not really running over 3 miles yet, I decided to scrap that training schedule and create a new one for the next 4 weeks. Basically my goal is to increase my mileage first, then focus on my pace/speed.
When I run during the week, it's usually a little over 2 miles in about 32 minutes. I use the approximate values because when I run, I use this tracker GPS thing on my phone that maps out where I've been and how long it took me. It's not completely scientific because I waste a few precious seconds trying to get to the application on my phone, but it's good enough for now.
My goals for this week are pretty simple: Run at least 3 times, at least 2 miles each time, with a day off in between. This comes out to a 2 mile run on Tuesday (today), Thursday, and Saturday.
How did I come up with my goals? I make sure that they are S.M.A.R.T.
S- Specific. Running 2 miles at least 3 times a week is pretty specific.
M-Measurable. I can measure my success by asking myself how many times did I run this week? How far did I go?
A- Achievable. I can definitely run 2 miles. I may have to push myself to run 3 times this week but hey, that's what training goals are all about!
R- Realistic. Will I have the time to do this? Is 3 times a week too much? Nah, I don't have any appointments scheduled on Tuesday or Thursday so my time after work is wide open. And I usually work out on Saturday anyway.
T- Timely. My deadline? Saturday. I will need to achieve my specific benchmarks by Saturday in order to achieve my goals.
I was taught this acronym when I was in college earning my accounting degree. Yes, this was actually on a test. We had to apply this concept to numerous business strategies. I also learned it when working for a public accounting firm. We had to set annual performance goals for ourselves using this concept. So it's been ingrained into my brain for quite a few years now. And whaddya know? It still comes in handy!
How to you set your goals? Do you prefer to set smaller goals or just big goals or both?