Personal goals are important not only in fitness but throughout life too. If we are never aiming for something, then we aren’t focused on anything and without focus it is easy to lose motivation.
Today, I completed my first 10km run and although I have taken part in a variety of sporting events, a 10km was something I wanted to tick off my list. Every event is individual and requires a different set of goals in order to reach the end target. I set myself the goal of running 10km in 50 minutes. Although I have an all round level of fitness for my job, it is not specific to running. With this in mind, I have been out training in between my classes, which on your own, I will admit is not much fun. One morning I only made it to the end of the road before turning straight back around again and home to my pjs! But as the song says ‘if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again’, I carried on with my training, keeping my end goal in sight and it soon became enjoyable again.
After feeling nervous before the race, I managed to stay focused and with a sprint finish, ran a time of 45 minutes and 47 seconds. I was absolutely over the moon and really proud of myself. It is this feeling of achievement and pride at the end that makes all the hard work leading up to it so worth while.
The feeling of achievement and success is one we all enjoy, so why not enjoy the buzz for yourself? Set a goal ready for next week – Something that is realistic, measurable and achievable. For example, Don’t eat chocolate or crisps for one week or to Complete the 20:20 exercise plan every day for 20 days (See 20:20 Exercise Plan http://theproofisnotinthepudding.co.uk/12-week-christmas-challenge/20-20/ ).
Feel free to share your goals with everybody by commenting below – looking forward to hearing what you want to achieve.