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Goals are Scary

26 Oct

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I figured I’d write about something that is scarier than I thought it would be.

GOALS!

That’s right, I said Goals. They’re scary things, goals are. Here’s my thoughts on this.

I’ve never been real big at setting goals — sure I throw some New Year’s Resolutions up once in a while or, I promise I’ll blog more (that’s a goal, right?) and I most definitely have an “ideal weight” goal.

Goals = Commitment. Goals are promises we make ourselves. I am NOT at all good at keeping the promises to myself.

With running, my ‘goal’ has always just been to finish. To not quit. To not get pulled from the course. And honestly, that’s done by me being stubborn more than anything else.

This year, I’ve tried something a little different. Since about mid-July, I’ve set time goals for most of my long training runs and half marathons. They line up with my expectations for the Marine Corps Marathon in 4 more sleeps (yikes!). It’s really very helpful that the Marines give us some very definite cut-off times for certain points on the course. Clock times along with a pace per mile limit.

MCM has some hard cutoff/diversion times on the course.

This year the kind folks at MCM are also enforcing “The Gauntlet” – this is a spot around mile 17.5-18 (15.5 this year) as you are about to enter The Mall. If you miss this ‘cutoff” at 12:38 you will be diverted to a spot further along the course and will not be considered an official finisher. I’m guessing you can take a medal if you want but you would know you didn’t run the full 26.2

If you’re familiar with the Marine Corps Marathon at all you’ve definitely heard about Beating the Bridge. The Bridge in question is the 14th street bridge, usually around Mile 20, but pulled back to 18 this year. In the past, in my experience, as long as you are *on the bridge* before the cutoff, you’re good. Apparently, though, you actually have to be *ACROSS* the bridge, which adds another mile + to the equation! If you don’t make this cutoff, you get on a bus and you get a ride to the finish. No running up the hill to the monument. No medal. (Edit: I found this on the MCM App after I’d written up this post – All MCM participants must reach the intersection of 14 and D Streets before the 14th Street Bridge by 1:15 p.m. This is located just past Mile 18. So yay, looks like we’re good here!)

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Started making notes…

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Mile by mile breakdown…

My goals are based on the original mileage/timing and are dependent on me crossing the start line no later than 8:08 am – this year with the Metro not opening early as in years past, the start line will not close until 8:55 at which time the 14 mm pace will be calculated/enforced. This start time should give us a little cushion (I am running with my friend, First Time Marathoner, Debby!)

As you know I am no speed demon but my goal is to hit my original times  and not think about any cushion built in.

The whole point of this post is this: I’m always kind of surprised when people talk about being nervous before an event, even if they’ve run it many times before. The ‘race nightmares’ (mine is getting lost on the course or not having my shoes!) , not able to sleep the night before. None of this has ever been my experience. HOWEVER, now that I have these goals I’m starting to get nervous.

Even though I’ve run more than 13 miles for training runs. And even though this will be my SIXTH time running with the Marines.  All these numbers are making me crazy and making me second-guess myself. I’m fortunate to have a TON of supportive friends around me to remind me that this is not an impossible journey!!

I guess this means I’m finally taking this running thing a bit more serious. Which is a good thing. I mean, it’s about darn time amiright? Let’s not get crazy, I’m not one of those “Oh my gosh I *have* to run today” people…but I am actually kind of enjoying it. So I have that going for me 🙂

So — What are some of your goals that might be trying to scare you these days?! 

March Goals!

4 Mar

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I am, once more, throwing my goals for the month out here – with the intention to be a lot more accountable. So please feel free to ask/nag me about them! I’ll tell you right now, the first 4 days have been a wash so let’s not talk about the past… 🙂

So, in March, I plan to

** Drop 7.5 pounds. Seems like a pretty big goal given the last few months, but if I put my mind to it things should be all good. Plus, I have all o’ ya’ll making sure I stick to it!!
** Run a minimum of 50 miles. I have a darn half marathon coming up in something like 45 days so…yeah…And I am so far behind on my 1000 miles for the year I need to really get to work!!  It helps that I’ve got my annual St. Patrick’s Day 5Ks coming up this month too – which is always motivating for me.
** Hit at least 20 Bikram classes and if I don’t start RIGHTNOW then there are going to have to be a couple of doubles weekends in there!!

This year, I’m once again a Skirt Sports ambassador so I am working to perk up my running wardrobe a bit with a couple of new prints that have come out!

Emerald City just might become my most favorite ever (as if I could choose a favorite!!) There isn’t a lot of non-neon green out there in the running apparel world!!

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And Free Love — yeah. Love it!

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Along with last season’s Tantrum, I’m really getting into the prints!

You can get into the new prints – and some old favorites too!! And, with my ambassador code, you get 20% off!! Use coupon code ORF20 when you check out!!

So, let’s all get to it and show March who’s boss!!

 

 

So. It’s April :)

1 Apr

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And that means time for some new and improved goals/resolutions!!  Let’s see how well I do this time around!!

Things started out great when the mailman came bright and early and brought me my new SkirtSports loot!!  Two new skirts, a tank and a new grown-up running bra! I can’t wait to wear my new Gym Girl Ultra for Saturday’s Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon!!

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Better pictures soon!!

Sunday is Easter, of course, and I’m hoping to head to NYC to spend a bit of time with my cousin from Minnesota!

And there’s that packing thing that I’ve started…

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Oh. And taxes? Yeah. Should probably finish those before I leave the country!!

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And now for the goals.

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Since I haven’t been terribly successful the last couple of months, I’m aiming low. I need the feeling I’ll get from actually accomplishing what I set out to do!! Plus I’ll be starting that new job (FINALLY!!) and need to figure out my schedule!

 

And so I bring you Anne’s April Goals:

  • Running – I set my monthly mileage goal pretty low, and definitely attainable – 35 miles. Yeah. Kind of a cop out but … that’s that. Also a running goal – to finish the Paris Marathon while there is still support on the course!! The course limit is between 5:40 and 6:00 depending on what I look at. My PR is 6:18. The only solace I can give myself is that the 6:18 was done with VERY very little training. So. We shall see!! If nothing else, it will be a gorgeous tour through Paris!!
  • Organization – I did a pretty decent job in March of getting my office cleared out. Some. There’s still a bit to go so I’ll be finishing that up this month. As well as getting my basement a little more organized so it can return to a more relaxing kind of place!
  • Other Fitness – again, as every month, I want to be much more consistent with my Bikram practice. At least 3 days a week is not unreasonable at all!! Especially with such a low mileage goal.
  • Insulin Pumping/Health – I should hopefully get this figured out and stable by the end of the month! It’s a never ending adventure though!

I figure this is all very do-able – and I should see much success in a few weeks and head into the summer ready to start training for the Marine Corps Marathon!!

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Flashback to Beating the Bridge in 2014!!

But before any of this…I have some packing to do and some Francais to be parlez-ing 🙂 And a little matter of my Third 26.2 in 6 months!

Paris-spring

 

 

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