Monday, March 11, 2013
I am continually revising my goals. I suppose that would be a good thing if I met old goals and made new ones. For the most part, though, I make goals, and then forget them. It’s not that my goals are not attainable; it’s that I don’t follow through for one reason or another.
I made a goal today to run (or walk) in a 5K. I’m not new to walking 5Ks. I have walked formal 5Ks for charity over the past year and a half or so. I can walk 5K on an ordinary day. It’s no big deal anymore (for me; I know for some people it’s a real challenge to get out of bed, and I know you have to start wherever you are at).
So … I signed up for a 5K (also for charity) in 7 weeks as a runner. I called to see what that meant, and runners get microchips in their bibs so they can be timed. If I wimp out, I can still walk. I’ve no delusions of winning nor of having a great time. My goal is to FINISH.
I found a Couch to 5K program online that runs for 7 weeks, instead of the (seemingly) standard 8 weeks (and some even run for 9 weeks).
I’m on a Wellness Committee at work, and we are planning a 5K for November. I would love to be able to run in that, but I have a sneaking suspicion I won’t be able to run, as I will probably find myself working a booth or something (but maybe I can manage to do both).
Last year about this time, I was thinking about – and looking into – getting into hiking. I looked into getting a pass so I could get into any state park all season. The season generally starts in May, so by May, I was immersed in work (it was busy!) and forgot about hiking. I’m looking into a pass again this year. I may even be able to order one online (I’ll need to check back in a month or two).
So … I am hoping that if I pay to do some fitness-related activities, I will follow through and do them. It’s not a huge amount of money, and it’s not a major commitment the way joining a gym would be. I need to be tougher about work and allow myself to do stuff on my time off. I’m sure I’ll find that if I stay active and get fit, work stresses won’t seem so … stressful.