Looking back at goals I have set for myself in the past, I notice a pattern: most of the time I do not set scary enough goals. I may act like they are scary, but often times I reach them fairly easily. Not that this is a bad thing - it's good to achieve your goals - but I'm left wondering if I could have done more if I had challenged myself a little harder. What if I had actually put that super-secret-too-scary-to-mention number floating in the back of my head down on paper? Could I have pushed myself that much more?
I also always have laid out more than one goal, just in case I don't reach my 'scary' goal, because then I wont be a complete failure as long as I do SOMETHING right on race day. It's always safe to toss around the "have fun!" goal. How could I possibly not have fun at a race? Goal accomplished - I had fun! I am victorious!
So for the race on Saturday I want to write down my crazy lady goal. Just to see what happens. It was originally going to be under 43 minutes, which is an 8:35 pace. That's pretty scary for me. Then I thought about it more - I might be able to pull that off. I need to go scarier. I need to be shaking in my
41:59 - 8:23 pace
So here goes nothing. I'm going to go for it. If I meet my goal then I'll
think the course was short be amazed and if I don't, it will be somthing to shoot for next time. Just as long as I have fun, right?
How would you rate yourself on goal setting? What's the scariest goal you have set for yourself - running related or not?
P.S. I've had this post sitting in my drafts for a couple days. I kept going back and forth on posting it, because I am so scared of that freaking time I wrote down. I think I've accomplished scaring the shit out of myself with this goal setting stuff! OK...hitting...post button...now.......