Isn’t it crazy how by mid-July, we’re already getting bombarded with “back to school” everywhere we go? I mean, didn’t school just get out? Oh wait, no…time flies and it’s already August. Craaaazy!
Anyways…it seems to me like people often take the “back to school” vibe as a brand new initiative to get started on a goal. Dare I say it’s almost as popular as the “New Year’s Resolution?” But the truth is, you don’t need a special day, week, or month to get started on a goal…you can get started RIGHT NOW!
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I think it’s important for runners to also set non-mileage goals because – trust me – you can’t always be increasing mileage and speed. Even if you’re not prone to injuries like me, sometimes life gets in the way. Work ramps up or a new baby arrives. And sometimes, you just get burnt out on running and need time to focus on something besides the numbers.
When it comes to setting non-mileage fitness goals, I think it’s important that the goal is somehow quantifiable (or, in the very least, you decide in advance how you’ll know you’ve achieved it). Here is a list of non-mileage goals, some of which I’m currently working towards myself:
- Train yourself to do a certain number of push-ups or sit-ups.
- Do a plank for a certain amount of time.
- Take a 30-Day Yoga / Zumba / Whatever-Floats-Your-Boat Challenge: The key with long challenge like this is to build in room for error. Instead of saying you’re going to go to yoga for 30 straight days, say you’ll do 25 yoga workouts over 30 days.
- Learn how to do indoor rock climbing.
- Take dance lessons.
- Learn to do a headstand or crow’s pose.
- Become more flexible (for example, touch your toes or go into a split).
- Increase arm strength to the point where you can do a chin-up (or two).
- Regularly meditate.
- Learn how to swim.
- Start cycling for distance.
- Bench-press a new weight.
- Go for a walk every night before dinner.
- Last through an entire hot yoga class without having to take a break.
- Do all your housework to music and dance to the beat.
- Stand up every 30 minutes and walk around your office.
I also think it’s a great idea to set non-mileage, non-fitness goals during injury, such as reading a new book each week or learning to sew.
What non-mileage goal are you currently working towards?
A friend of mine posted this on Twitter last night:
A dream doesn’t have to be BIG to be a big dream. Big dreams come in all sizes
And it got me thinking about dreams.
I once dreamed I would become a pediatric oncologist. Then I realized math and science weren’t my forte and headed toward the law degree I now have. I dreamed about traveling the world – and have had some pretty amazing experiences realizing that dream. I dreamed about moving back to my hometown and becoming the Executive Director of an amazing non-profit – and that dream has come true.
On my fitness journey, I’ve had a few dreams too. I dreamed about doing a sprint triathlon.
I dreamed about running a half marathon.
I still dream about running a sub 30 minute 5k.
Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and am “sitting on the sidelines” for the time being, but I really haven’t been thinking about big dreams lately.
Maybe it’s because part of me is afraid that I have achieved all this “wannabe athlete” is capable of achieving. Maybe I should leave the “big dreams” to others more athletic, more dedicated than me.
But then I remember that if I had that mentality when I started this journey, I still wouldn’t be able to run a mile. I wouldn’t know the thrill of crossing the finish line of my first half marathon. I wouldn’t know that I really am so much stronger than I thought I could be.
So maybe…just maybe…it’s time to dream big again.
What is your BIG dream?