People who know me know that I'm a very goal-oriented person. I love to make lists and check them off, whether it's a big goal like reading 30 books in a year, or a small goal like making the bed or doing the dishes. I simply love a sense of accomplishment.
Recently, I issued myself (and my husband) one of my most challenging goals to date: running a 5k. Another local mom mentioned she was going to be running the Run for Wishes 5K in Liberty State Park, and so I decided we should all run it. I spear-headed our team, Happy Hour Moms, and then we all embarked on 2.5 months of training.
Thankfully, I'm a slow enough runner that I could actually snap a pic of our view!
I had never run before, other than 30-60 second bursts here and there on the treadmill, or when I was forced to in middle or high school. But really, I'm not a runner - I despise the activity - I even figured out the trick to bees so that I don't have to run when they come around me. But what I do love is a good challenge, and this one was pretty lofty.
We started out with 35-minute walk/runs at the beginning of our training, which got us about 2/3 of the way to the full 5K. Our goal was to be able to do the whole thing in 30 minutes, so we continued to train to that end....and then we got sick. Then our daughter got sick. Then we got sick again...You get the drift, I'm sure.
So training slowed a bit and some weeks our 3-4 days of running turned to 1-2. But by late September, we were ready to run the full 5K. My first time was about 46 minutes, and every subsequent day I ran it, I shaved off a minute or two. I knew I wouldn't be able to do the run in 30 minutes at this point, but the goal was simply to run the entire time without stopping to walk.
Reunited with the baby after crossing the finish line!
How did we do? Not only did we run the entire time without stopping, but we both beat our best time by 3 minutes, clocking in at 37 minutes and 11 seconds, despite crazy winds coming at us off the Hudson Bay. And yes, we crossed the finish line together, along with one of our other Happy Hour Moms (the 4th pulled ahead and beat us by 10 seconds!)
The big question, though, once one accomplishes a goal is always: what's next? Many times we experience let downs once we've achieved our goals. Sometimes we feel lost without this thing guiding us. Or, if you're like me, you've already decided on the next goal.
I'm floundering a bit these days on my writing goals and it irks me greatly, but having so many illnesses in this house for the last month and a half has kind of zapped my creative energy. So I'm focusing on what comes easy: health and fitness. I'm done running, but I have a weight-loss and flexibility goal, which I hope to accomplish through lots of yoga.
The Happy Hour Moms (and Dad) and the babies :)
But enough about me, I want to know about you. Are you goal-oriented? Is there a goal you achieved that you never thought you could? What is your current goal?