Some of you may remember last year, 30th of August actually, I gave myself a challenge to do the off-road Motatapu Marathon. It’s 42km, I will still be 42 years old and hopefully I can complete it in less than 4hrs and 20minutes. I also wanted to get to 100 page likes for my facebook The Health Coach page to confirm me doing this. Well I only got to 22 page likes but I’ve been doing some training anyway, so hopefully I get to the finish line.
About 2 weeks ago I managed to jog just over 18km, from our place out to and around Moke Lake and back to the bottom of our road. I walk the last bit, up our road, as some of you know it’s quite steep. I’ve done it another three times so far and two shorter 12km runs.
Now the last time I ran more than 18km was 21km in 2003 in the Auckland ½ Marathon and I know my training then was not enough. I ran, then jogged, then hobbled and then walked and then hobbled my way over the finish line in 2hrs 10mins. So being able to do double the distance in less than double the time is my goal.
The next three weeks are going to be important. Making sure I get enough running in to ensure my legs will get me all the way to the end without doing too much that my body needs to shut down to rest for too long. Hopefully the base training I’ve put in so far will be enough.
But this is what goals and resolutions are all about.
- Make a goal that is specific and achievable and mean something to you.
- Put a plan in place to achieve the goal.
- Let other people know what you are doing so they can help you if need be.
- Review the plan as you go along to make sure you are on track. (Not sure if I’ve done enough of this one!)
- Allow timelines and targets to be flexible so the unforeseen can dealt with.
- Check the details are being covered – which reminds me I still need to enter!
So what is your current goal? Any New Year resolutions that have already fallen by the wayside?
Want some help in getting back on track or finding a goal that means something?
Then contact me – The Health Coach
Take Care - and I hope the festive season has been good to you.
Gavin – The Health Coach