Give Me A Reason

How do you know if you’ve succeeded if you never had a goal? Working out and staying fit is great for your health’s sake, but I feel like I need an alternate purpose to work towards as well. I love being healthy, but that ultimately came as a result from my training for competition in cross country and track. Had I not been so involved in athletics, I don’t know if I would have had the same strict outlook on exercise and nutrition.

Fitness goals are important to keep you constantly motivated. Whether its weight loss, a race, being able to do a pull-up!

My short-term goal: to get into competition shape by outdoor track season. For us, that begins in mid-March. That will be approximately 3 months after my next surgery, and I have my heart and head set on a 10k PR by May. That’s a big goal, which makes every little effort count. From fueling up right, to getting enough sleep, to building muscle strength, coordination, flexibility and endurance. The rush of setting a personal record will be totally worth it. :)

Long-term goal: to become a marathoner. I’ve always known I was going to run marathons post-college. That’s the next step for a distance runner! I’ve done half-marathons, and I’ve done 16-mile runs. But never have I attempted the 26.2 mile challenge. I see myself training for at least one marathon a year…how I plan on doing that with a full-time job, I don’t know. But where there’s a will there’s a way!

Working towards something, knowing that every work out is getting you closer towards your ultimate goal, gives those early morning gym sessions or plank workouts a purpose!

So what are you working towards?

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College student-athlete committed to living healthy and happy. I want to share my recipes, fitness tips and silly stories with YOU! There's nothing like crushing goals and becoming stronger than you ever knew you could be.

Posted on September 18, 2012, in College, Fitness, Healthy Lifestyle, Life Updates and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Sharon Estes/Grandma

    You Go Girl !!!! Proud of you.

  2. Get it, girl! I also want to complete a marathon someday, but right now I’m working toward my first 10k.

  3. beautystillremains

    I started training for a marathon while working full time… then we moved before the race. Find/create a plan that has long runs on weekends so you don’t feel stressed. I also hear that a lot of people do morning and evening runs to get their miles in. You can do anything you put your mind to!

  4. You are so right goals are important. I have a friend that ask me how do I do it, run that is. I say I know I have a milage goal for the week and I try to make it. It does not happen all the time, but I try. :) I also know if I want to do well on my upcoming 10K and 1/2 marathon, I have to put in the work. However I am not the competitive type, so I just want to have fun and reap the benefits of moving. :)

  5. Goals are so important. Not just for running, but for life as well. I’ve always set goals for myself. Running goals, overall fitness goals, eating goals, career goals, etc. Life is a marathon, and I truly believe, anything worth getting in this world takes a little bit of goal-setting. :)

  6. I’m the same way. I have to train with a goal in mind or it’s a recipe for slacking off. Even when I go out for my daily routines, I set a goal. It helps so much.

    Great blog!

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