Goals

This isn’t usually a hard thing for me. I can usually set goals no problem. 

However I usually don’t reach my goals.  

In January I set the goal to run a half marathon. This was the first goal that I set and achieved. 

I am about to start training with my personal trainer again and he has asked me to set three goals. One to achieve in 12 weeks, one for in a year and one lifetime goal. 

I have been struggling for the last week trying to come up with some. I think I have my one year and my one lifetime. It’s just the 12 week goal I am having some trouble. 

My current coach is very into strongman lifting and feels I would excel at this. I was strongman lifting in the winter and enjoyed it. I just have no clue what an attainable goal would be in this sport. 

I also want to lower my body fat. I have been trying to do this for many years with very little success. 

I have thought about adding in some goals that would improve my running.

Goals to improve my horseback riding and to ride more often.  

My daughter wants me to dead lift 300lbs and ride my bike 40km. 

My son wants me to be a happy mom. 

My husband wants me to continue to improve my health. 

Now what do I want. I want to find a goal that is achievable yet still just out of my reach. 

So in the  end what have I decided. 

My life time goal is to become a running coach. 

My one year goal is to run a half marathon in under 3 hours. 

My 12 week goal is to add 30lbs to each of the follow lifts: 

dead lift from 230-260

Squat lift from 170-200

Bench lift from 110-140

And also remove 2 minutes from my one mile run. 12.11-10.11

Half Marathon

What is a half marathon?  

There is a couple different answers. There is one answer that is the same no matter who you ask. It is 21.1 km. 

For me it was many different things. 

It was 18 weeks of brutal training. It was 18 weeks of finding new strengths. 14 weeks in a run program where I was pushed past all my limits and made some great friends. In that 18 weeks I went through 2 pairs of shoes, dropped a pant size and somewhere along the road shed 15 ish pounds. I have wanted to count the training km, however came to the conclusion that I really don’t want to know. 

A half marathon is a huge accomplishment. I am so tired of people saying “oh. You only ran the half.”  Drives me bonkers. That is more than four 5km races in one day. 

It was mind opening. I learned so much about myself. The things that really bother me and the things that I can let run off my back. 

I also found out who supports me and who just pretends too. Those who think I can accomplish anything I put my mind to and those who have no faith in me. 

I found my beauty. In the the last two weeks of training I starting seeing my body in a completely different way. Inside and out I love me and who I am. I love all my curves and all my strength. 

The less important things I learned were: nothing beats a good pair of socks. There is no sports bra strong enough to keep my girls contained. Body glide is a runners best friend. A plus size woman sweats in places I didn’t know existed.  You can’t get your runners off fast enough after a race. 

A half marathon was the hardest thing I have ever done. I can’t wait to do another. 

What is a half marathon to you?