In a binder, I keep a numbered checklist of goals on looseleaf paper, accompanied by photos, printouts and magazine cutouts that inspire me to reach my goals, and I update/edit the book as needed ( How to make a goal book). If I reach the goal, I check off that goal. If, after weeks/months I no longer want to reach the goal, I cross it off.
Nancy Anderson, runner
My newest goal entry: Run 250 miles by New Years 2011!
Yesterday, while doing a short evening run, I thought about how much I used to run in college, nearly everyday! My love for running started when I arrived at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus, for pre-college orientation. The first image I remember seeing on campus was a chick, who happened to be wearing a red Jimmy Eat World tee, running outside.
|So much in life seems inflexible and unchangeable, and part of the joy of running and especially racing is the realization that improvement and progress can be achieved. - Nancy Anderson, runner|
I saw her and thought: "I want to do that. I want to be a runner.". So my first year of college, my novice running self started running nearly everyday. I started off slow, but after two months, I was running my first 5K and loving everything about running. I ran outside. I ran at my campus' indoor track. I ran on the treadmill. I ran solo. I ran with friends. Running literally kept me going throughout those years.
When I was mad/angry, I threw a CD into my portable player (pre-mp3 player days...at least for me), usually a Linkin' Park assortment burned from Blubster, and ran for as long as I could. Sometimes it'd be a quick run for 20 minutes. Other times it'd be much longer. Sometimes, I wouldn't keep track. When I was happy/excited I would run. Usually with a Britney Spears assortment, also courtesy of Blubster. And when I was bored/had nothing better to do, I would run, constantly setting new goals. New distances/paths. New abilities.
I frickin' loved how my abs/legs/body/mind felt during/after running and I loved that running kept me in excellent shape. Now, as I embark on my 250 mile journey, I'm excited to see where I land.
Upcoming running goals:
- Long Saturday runs
- Chicago Lung Run 5k Sept 11th
- More running outside!
- 250 miles by New Years 2011!
Nancy Anderson, runner