Last month, I wrote a post titled “Tale of a Tired Jogger” which discussed my attempt to complete the Couch to 5K running program. In case you missed it, the Couch to 5K program is a program that prepares you to go from sitting on the couch to running a 5k. For those of you that are not metric fans, that’s over three miles! It was a goal I set for myself and it seemed only fair to update you on the progress.
I’ve just finished Week 6 of the 9 week program. I know, I know – you are asking, “But Larry, you were in week 4 a month ago. Whats up with that math?” About a week after that post, I ended up hurting my calf and had to sit out a week or so. But that is the great thing about goals- they don’t have to disappear – they can just be put on hold for a bit.
Today was the longest run yet – 25 minutes. I was absolutely dreading it. The first minute or two went great, but then all I could think about was the long, long road ahead. Honestly, my brain was working overtime trying to think of a reason why I should cut the run short. Finally, after a block or two – it hit me. I needed to take some of my NextGoal strategies and apply them to this goal. Instead of looking at it as a 3 mile run, I started breaking it down into a series of smaller runs. I figured if I could just get to the end of the next block, it would be an accomplishment. Once I reached that corner, I would set a goal for the end of the next street. It sounds crazy, but it actually worked. Around the neighborhood I went – just trying to get to the end of the next street.
All of a sudden, I was rounding the corner of my street and the 25 minute timer went off. I had somehow made it. I was exhausted and my legs were screaming at me – but I made it.
It really was amazing how breaking the big goal down into smaller ones made it much more manageable. I definitely could not have done it without the help of my fellow Next Goal team members and their numerous inspirational posts. I was definitely stumbling more than leapfrogging, but I reached the goal anyways.
What about you? Have you tried using any of the strategies that you have read about on our site? If so, let us know about it!