Thursday, May 15, 2008


The theme for this week's Take It and Run Thursday is "It was so obvious!"

Well here's one:

If you set goals for yourself, you will be a better runner.

That's right, Internet. I recently discovered that if you try to run faster/longer/stronger, you have a considerably better chance of, in fact, becoming faster/longer/stronger.


I have been a runner since I was about 10 years old. I ran my first 5K way back in 1985, and I am still very proud of the varsity letters I got in cross country and track in high school (because I worked my butt off to earn them). But honestly, when I'd go out and run your usual Saturday 5K race, my only thoughts would be "This is fun," "Cool t-shirt," and "I wonder what the after-party will be like."

I didn't train for anything specific, and I didn't pay much attention to my times.

But this year, I resolved to take my running to the next level. And a big part of that was setting goals for myself. Because I had goals in mind, my training was more focused. I tried harder, and paid more attention to how I was doing.

I went into my trisko training with a goal of 2:00, which was ambitious for me. My injury made me back off that goal a bit, and I honestly didn't think I'd do well, given the weather. But even without a perfect training period, my time was only five minutes off that ambitious goal.

All of this leads to the head slapping, "duh" revelation:
If I try to do something, I just might do it. Even if I don't quite make that goal, I'll do better than I would have otherwise.


Topher said...

Trisko. Is that like a Triskit spread with cooking grease? Should I know what that means?

Tree said...

GREAT point! Right before I became pregnant with baby 2, I started speed workouts for the first time, ever, and they have paid dividends every since.

Meg said...

Great post! That's something I've been trying to remember as well.

merrymishaps said...

Hmm ... goals? We should set those?

Occasionally we do speed workouts, but normally we just trot along!

I know hill workouts help A LOT, but boy do they suck!

Amy@RunnersLounge said...

This is so true - DUH! (I say that with a smile because I forget this lesson all the time.)