STARTING OUT: SETTING GOALS
By Amy Anderson, Coach
Most of us need something coherent and tangible to work towards—a goal, something that helps us focus our energy and channel our desires to an achievable end. Most of us like the sense of accomplishment when we attain our goal.
First, let’s talk specifically about how to generate goals: think about why you decided to participate in this Rogue program. What motivated you? Now, re-read what you’ve written. You can probably make some of those reasons into goals. A goal should be a reasonable stretch—not too far-fetched, nor too easily attainable. A goal should also be something that you can control.
A goal should be very specific, too—and, preferably, measurable. So, for example, to say that you want to be a better runner is too vague. How can we measure that? How do we know for sure you’ve achieved it? Can we be more specific? A better choice might be to say that you’d like to be able to run 2 miles without stopping. Or, if you run/walk, then to say that you’d like to run a whole 5K, except for water stops, regardless of time. Make your goal quantifiable.
Once you’ve created some good tentative goals, start to think about what you need to do to achieve them. It might be helpful to think about obstacles to your goals; things that might potentially limit you. Do you lack enough fitness to run more than a couple of minutes at a time? Do you tend to get overwhelmed with other life duties and consistently miss workouts? Make a list of the things you need to work on.
From this list, you can create workout objectives. Workout objectives become little intermediate goals. Perhaps, when you’re given the choice of how many hill repeats to do, you will always try choosing the greater number: 6 instead of 5, for instance.
Now, with your goals in mind, as well as what you need to do to help achieve them, you are on your way to success—maybe even halfway there! Write your goals, and find a place to put them where you can refer to them often—on your refrigerator, your nightstand, your bathroom mirror. Refer to them. Memorize them, even. They will help you stay motivated!
AS YOU BEGIN YOUR ROGUE TRAINING PROGRAM, REMEMBER:
Start where you are.
Be honest about your current fitness and gentle with yourself. Run at your paces, not your training partner’s paces.
There is no such thing as perfect.
There is no perfect running form, no perfect workout, and no perfect pace.
Your body will adapt given the time.
The human body is amazing, it will adapt to any stress if given the time. Don’t rush the process and have faith that it will happen.