Hello y’all! This is going to be another one of my “Inside My Mind” posts where I just post whatever’s on my mind. It may or may not make sense but I just want to write these thoughts down so it’s not stuck inside my head. Hope you enjoy 😉
I’m a goal digger. That’s right, I said it. No, I don’t mean I want to marry rich (or do I??) – to me, being a goal digger means I set (somewhat high) goals and I keep digging. Kind of like “shoot for the moon, land on the stars” mentality.
When it comes to running, I love setting goals and I love achieving them. I write them down, I make charts, graphs, logs, lists, and now a blog to keep my eyes on the prize. But sometimes I find that it’s hard to share my end-goals – I’ll share the little goals like “I want to take 3 minutes off my PR” types but never my big goals. Why? Well for one, sometimes my goals are a bit unrealistic and sharing them makes me realize that. Second, I find that sharing my goals out loud makes it real. It’s intimidating as it means that now it’s out in the world and I have to make it happen – I’m accountable for what I do and I won’t be able to back down from it.
However, I’m done with that. I don’t care if my goals seem unrealistic, you can laugh all you want at my goals but I feel like everyone should share their unrealistic goals out loud because that will hold us accountable. It’ll make sure we’ll push and push until we get as close as possible to those goals.
So here’s my goal that I’ve kept to myself for years now.
I want to run a 1:45 half marathon… okay I lied. I want to run a 1:30 half marathon! Crazy right?
I don’t know if I can do a 1:30 half but I want to. Before, I was running 7:00mins/km and now I’ve pushed my way to around 5:30-5:45mins/km. So I have to shave another a ton of time off before I can do it in 1:30. This goal may never be achievable but you know what, I’m going to try anyways because what’s the worse that can happen (other than getting injured which I’m trying to be careful about!)? I end up running a 1:55, 1:50, or 1:45 half marathon instead? Well I’m pretty content with those times! If I don’t push myself, how will I be able to know how far I’ll go?
My second goal is that I want to BQ. This one isn’t as big as a driving factor for me because I have yet to run a marathon yet. I personally do not feel ready to run a marathon (mentally and physically) and I’m pretty happy with the 13.1 mile races so I think I’m going to stick with halves for the next year or two.
So there you have it. I, Carmy, want to run a 1:30 half. Sure it might be impossible but that’s not going to stop me from trying.
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