Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Goals work

I think it was February when I set my running goals for the year. I'd been tracking my miles, but with no clear idea of what I was shooting for. So at that time, I decided I wanted to do 1000 miles for the year (which I did 10 years ago when I was 37) and run a half-dozen half marathons.

These goals have worked to pull me forward and keep me on track even when I didn't feel like getting out the door. And guess what? I ran 5 half marathons and my first full marathon, and I'm just 35 miles away from hitting not 1000 but 1500 miles!!! (My last two weeks of working out, plus my yearly totals for running are on the sidebar in case you're interested.)

The thing is that whatever goal you choose has to move you towards what you want. In my case, I like that I feel athletic when I'm in half marathon shape, hence the 6 half marathons. And it just seemed fun to try to repeat what I'd done a decade earlier.

And thank goodness I run as much as I do. True confession: I bought some frosting yesterday for some Christmas cookies. Today it's gone. Yep, 1820 calories of pure sugar and trans fat (I guess they figure if you're buying frosting, you can't possibly care about the crap they put in it). The good news is that I enjoyed every single spoonful!

14 comments:

*aron* said...

wow you totally went beyond your goals... CONGRATS on an amazing year!!! you are sooo awesome :)

Kim said...

Mmm...frosting! Did any end up on the cookies?

And ditto Aron...great job with 1500 miles!

tfh said...

I agree about matching goals to the end result! Oh...and frosting can be irresistable!

Irene said...

You've had a great running year, that's for sure!

Frosting... Oh, yum!

Ultra Princess said...

Don't feel bad... I ate an entire cheese ball by myself today!!! Yipes!!!

jen said...

What a year! You deserve the frosting. :)

(btw, the secret is to eat homemade treats exclusively- then you don't know the calorie content!)

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on enjoying the frosting so much. You know, I know you are 47, but it just never really sinks in. 37 seems so much more right. Thanks, too, for the reminder about goals. They do help.

MizFit said...

I am laughing. hard. because for some reason for me there is nothing more alluring than that tub of CHEAPA** icing and, when I read your post, I immediately thought OOOH I HAVE SOME UPSTAIRS :)

Marcy said...

Oooooh Leslie you did FANTASTIC with your 2008 goals!!

Marathon Maritza said...

Wow! Awesome mileage!!!!

And that's totally why I run...so I can eat entire containers of frosting. Mmmmm......

Brit-Man said...

I'm glad things are okay for you.

Take care and best wishes

:-) :-).

Matt

Jo Lynn said...

One question: What flavor?
One comment: Almost an entire 11" x 7" sheet of rice krispy treats IN MY BELLY!

Evelyne said...

I've set some goals too. But, lately have lost track somehow. Gotta get my booty back in gear!

CONGRATS on the 'almost' 1500 miles!!! That's just completely amazing!

Jessica said...

I agree that setting goals helps make sure I get out the door. And also helps to run so much that you don't feel terrible about overindulging every now and then. Congratulations to you! You're amazing and no doubt feel amazing because of it. Be proud of all your hard work- it's not always easy. Keep running!