I’m running late! Can you run the kids up to practice? Does the dog have the runs? Again??!!!
There’s a lot of running in my life, but a few years ago I (Tracy) tried to become a real runner. I followed The Beginner Runner’s Handbook: The Proven 13-Week Walk/Run Program. I was waiting to reach the glorious high that people talk about. I waited. I walked and ran. I waited. I gradually quit walking and just ran. I waited. I tried to quiet the voice that was screaming in my head, “STOP immediately!!!! YOU ARE DYING! You must walk right now or YOU WILL DIE!”
At the end of the 13 weeks I was running 6 miles, I had ran three 5K races and never once did I enjoy it or feel anything close to a high.
I must admit that I did enjoy my increased endurance and the fact that I could say I was a runner. But, that was it.
In our show, Get Schooled By Simplify 101, we interviewed Aby Garvey and she shared a little bit about accomplishing her running goals. Here are three tips that will help you accomplish any goal you set.
- Start small. Remember that ‘small’ is all about YOU and not to be compared to what someone else’s small is. Aby joined a challenge in October 2012 to run 43 miles in one month! That was more than she had ever done before.
- Record your progress. According to a new study by Kaiser’s Center for Health Research people who kept daily food diaries lost twice as much weight or more as those who didn’t keep a tally of their meals. Aby used Runstar™ and dailymile to track her progress.
- Be accountable. Nothing is more important. Aby has declared to the entire universe (through her blog) her 2013 goal to run 500 miles this year. She updates weekly in her Weekend Organizing posts. Talk about accountability!! Try it. It works!
If you want help reaching your goals try Aby’s Workshop, How to Acheive Your Goals and Create a Life You Love. Visit her class schedule to see what other workshops are starting up!
What small goal will you set? Share it in the comments! How will you record your progress? Who will you be accountable to? Go for it!