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How I'll Celebrate Achieving My Goals for 2016

The Master Plan for 2016! aka My Goals for the Year

Can you believe it? 2016 is a week old and I haven’t written a New Year’s resolutions post yet outlining my goals for the year!

Yeah, about that…

It’s time for some goals!

My Goals (Running and Otherwise) for 2016

My Goals (Running and Otherwise) for 2016

My 2016 Goals (Running and Otherwise)

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How to Have Your Best Year of Running in 2016 (with Video)

Make 2016 Your Best Year of Running Yet

With the new year still fresh in your mind, what have you done to ensure that 2016 will be your best year of running ever?

You may not be able to guarantee that on December 31st you’ll look back on this year as your best ever, but you can definitely stack the deck in your favor.

How?

Press play on the video for a little more detail, but here is the abridged version.

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Overcoming Obstacles
Overcoming Obstacles Leads to Greatness

“The Greater the Obstacle, the Greater the Glory in Overcoming It.”

~Moliere


What is standing in your way of success right now?

What is preventing you from achieving something great?

Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles

You may never line up on a track against a couple of cheetahs (literal or metaphorical) but we all have obstacles that we have to stare down and overcome.

Overcoming Obstacles Isn’t Easy

In the book The Last Lecture, Dr. Randy Pausch talks about the brick walls that are in our lives, and how brick walls aren’t meant to keep us from getting the things we want but rather to show us how much we want them by revealing our willingness to get over the wall come hell or high-water.

I’m not much of a metaphor guy, but that one has always stuck with me.

If we really want something, we will do whatever it takes to get it. Whatever.

Overcoming Obstacles as Runners

What are the obstacles that you have to work to overcome as a runner?

Injury?

Limiting Beliefs?

A busy schedule with limited time to run?

People holding you back?

There are no shortage of obstacles that get in our way as runners as we move toward our goals, whether your goal is to run a mile without stopping or to qualify for the Olympics.

Set Your Goals High

I love it when people are willing to shoot for the moon in regards to their goals.

In fact, I’m a little envious because I really struggle with setting big goals.

That’s why this quote resonates with me so much.

If you’ve been following me very long you know that I have a goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, and right now the amount of time I must trim off of my time to qualify is ridiculous.

Some days it almost seems like running a BQ will be impossible for me.

But then I read this quote and begin envisioning how I’m going to feel when I get that BQ.

Right now I’ve got a brick wall that is 63 minutes and 34 seconds tall.

And when I figure out how to get over that joker, there is going to be one hell of a party on the other side!

What Running Obstacles are You Working to Overcome?

Meet Your Expectations
How to Successfully Meet Your Expectations, Running or Otherwise

“Don’t Lower Your Expectations to Meet Your Performance. Raise Your Level of Performance to Meet Your Expectations.”

~Ralph Marston

What running goals do you have for yourself that you’re struggling to meet?

I’ve made no secret about my desire to qualify for and run in the Boston Marathon.

Admittedly I’m still a good bit slower than I’ll need to be to qualify for the race, but I absolutely expect that I will qualify for Boston.

Meet Your Expectations

How to Meet Your Expectations, No Matter How Lofty They Are

The first step is rather obvious: don’t quit. Read more

Feeling Unprepared Before a Race?

Quick Tip: Feeling Unprepared Before a Race

If you’ve run enough races, and run them with a specific time goal in mind, you may have felt unprepared before a race began.

Lord knows I’ve don’t that more than a few times.

How does this happen? But more importantly, when you are feeling unprepared before a race how do you react when the race starts?

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Feeling Unprepared Before a Race?

Feeling Unprepared Before a Race?

I’ve headed to the starting line feeling completely unprepared too many times, yet I’ve been able to run some great times (for me) at those same events.

So what gives?

How can you convince yourself to still run, and potentially run very well, when you’re feeling unprepared before the start of a race.

Here are a few things that I have reminded myself of pre-race: Read more