It’s well-known in sports psychology that having a specific set of realistic and detailed goals helps improve athletic importance by giving the athlete something tangible to work towards. With that in mind, I decided to write out a few of my various goals for the coming year. I’ve set the deadline for meeting them as roughly the end of the school year, so some time in may. I’m also going to make some goals to be met by the end of winter break (January 3rd) to give myself some more immediate things to shoot for.
GOAL NUMBER ONE: Run a mile in under 6:30. As of right now: I can runabout a 9:00 to 9:30 mile (it makes me kind of sad to type that, haha). Shaving two or three minutes off is no mean feat, but I feel that this goal is entirely reachable because I have always improved very quickly at this distance. My goal for winter is to get down to 7:45, which I feel is doable for the same reasons.
GOAL NUMBER TWO: Run a 5k in under 22:30. For my winter goal, I want to be able to run 3 miles easily with regularity.
GOAL NUMBER THREE: Run my hometown’s half-marathon. I don’t really have a time goal for this because I feel that being able to run a thirteen mile race would be enough of a win. I also want to do this because I was planning on running the full marathon before I got sick (in fact, one of my last runs before getting sick was a 17 mile training run). My winter goal is to go for two long runs of six and eight miles apiece.
I also have several non-running fitness goals that I want to a achieve.
NON-RUNNING FITNESS GOAL ONE: Get back to the weight I was at before I got sick, 195. I weigh 240 pounds or so now. This is going to be the hardest goal by far because I love to eat unhealthily, a problem that is compounded times ten by the Prednisone. I’ll probably write a full essay on this goal alone in the future.
NON-RUNNING FITNESS GOAL TWO: Get back to lifting the amount of weight I was lifting pre-Lupus. This would be 3×10 at 135 on bench, 3×10 at 195 on squats, and 3×10 at 225 on deadlift. In high school, I did powerlifting my senior year, and while my numbers actually weren’t super great because I only had a few months of serious training, I had a lot of fun. I’ve always felt that lifting is an important part of any runner’s training, and it also helps with the various other sports I play. Honestly, it just helps you function better.
NON-RUNNING FITNESS GOAL THREE: Do five pullups. Before I got sick, I was trying to fix the ridiculous imbalance between my lower body (which could squat 325 pounds) and my upper body (which couldn’t do a single pullup). I went crazy trying to increase my pull-ups, and things were coming along pretty nicely; I could do 5 sets of three or something like that. This number is so low because I have to lose a bunch of weight before I can do pullups safely. Less training time, less reps. Also, pullups are hard.
AMERICA EAGLE APPLE PIE FREEDOM GOAL NUMBER 1776: Run in more minimal footwear/barefoot.Because it feels good.
I honestly think that all of these are doable. Phillipians 4:13.