Positive Thinking and Summer Goal Setting

I’m a slacker when it comes to running. I’ll get very passionate and goal-oriented then one day, it’s gone and I’m back to slacking. I am not really sure why I lose motivation other than I usually just end up talking myself out of the mileage or even the run in its entirety by the end of the day. I have only pulled myself from bed early on a Saturday morning once since before my half marathon when it wasn’t for a race and I only ran two miles.

What is wrong with me? What happened to all the drive I have had in the past. I got into a short relationship (about 2.5 months, barely worth counting) and my entire schedule has been thrown off. With summer quickly approaching I’m left wondering what do I do? The answer once again magically seemed to appear in Runner’s World this month. There was an article relating to positive thinking. How ironic that many of the problems the runner described in the article are things I struggle with. She listed the fears she feels while running a race, like that she can’t maintain this pace and focusing on the time and distance rather than how she feels. I am constantly doubting my body’s ability to do what I’m asking it to do. When I was being pushed by Brianne during my most recent 10-K, holding a pace well below my normal pace was easy.

It’s mental blocks most of the time that get me. I’m too tired/hungry/sore to carry on. I can’t breathe. I don’t have time to run. My bed is too comfy. The list could continue but I think you get the point. The article suggested setting goals and positive thinking. Each person will need to find their own way to motivate yourself. With the summer months approaching and the humidity already setting in (South Florida is a literal sauna from end of April through October), I needed a list to get me through the off-season for races.

My positive mantras start today. I WILL run 4 miles today. Even though it will be hot, I will run 4 miles. Even if I have to pant heavily. That’s what I keep telling myself at least. I’ve created a list of summer goals that I will accomplish this summer. It may seem pretty hefty, but as goal-oriented as I am, I need these to complete. I have a page I have added to keep track of these goals as the summer goes on.

Summer Goals: Due Date August 31, 2013

Run at least 4 times a week, every week: I will be posting a recap at the beginning of every week going over if I completed this or not

Run the Run, Sweat and Beers 5-K in under 30 minutes: This is on July 18. My fastest 5-k is just over 34 minutes, and I am confident with the training I’ve put in since then, I can accomplish this

Complete the Loggerhead Triathlon on August 3.:This should be interesting since I currently don’t have a bike and I still can’t really swim

Be able to run 6 miles without stopping: I currently top out at 3.

Be able to run 6 miles in 60 minutes: My last 10-K I averaged 11:12 minute miles. I am fairly confident that I can shave a minute off my mile average in 4 months, since I did it before, but we will see. I want to run my whole marathon at a 10:00 minute mile pace so I better start training now.

That’s all I have for now. I’m sure my crazy mind will think of some other obnoxious goal for me to complete.

What are your summer goals and how will you stick to them

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