Setting goals frightens me.
It is always exceptionally easy to want to do something. It is even easier to dream about doing something. As soon as it becomes a goal though, especially a verbalized goal, the plan turns into a foreboding possibility of failure. As soon as a dream transforms into a goal, it will either be accomplished or not. And when it is not? It sure does feel a lot like failure.
And that is scary.
So more often than not, I avoid making goals. I avoid disappointing myself and making a fool of myself in front of others. I avoid even trying because then I know I won’t fail.
But without trying – without failing – I will never succeed either.
That might just be even scarier.
So, I made a goal. I made a goal with fear in my heart and concern that this might just lead to failure. But, I also made this goal feeling motivated. Screw failure! This goal? I wasn’t going to fail at. This goal? Would be accomplished.
Even if I couldn’t picture myself doing it – I would get there. Eventually.
I would run 5K. I would race 5K.
I started the summer off with nothing but an iPhone app, a set of headphones, the Glee soundtrack and a pair of sneakers. I ran for a minute at a time. Each time I ran, I knew my goal was becoming reality. Each step I took was getting me closer.
I wasn’t sure if I could do it. I didn’t know if I’d ever manage to run a five kilometre race. But I knew I could run a few times a week. I knew I could start off slow and work my way up. I knew I could run that night’s running program. My goal of running a 5K race transformed into a series of mini daily goals. I might not have been able to run for 5 kms yet, but I sure could run for one minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes…
I just kept going.
On Sunday, I stood among hundreds of other people. On Sunday, I waited or the blast. On Sunday, I ran my heart out under the mid-morning sun.
On Sunday, I finished a 5K race.
On Sunday, I achieved my goal.
Now, I just have to run a 10K. And a half marathon.
(For the record, I’m not quite ready to turn a full marathon from a dream into a goal just yet…)
Race: Support the Troops Navy 10K, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Distance: 5 km
Time: 30 minutes, 34 seconds
Pace: 6 minutes, 7 seconds per km
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