He also suggested that we set some simple goals for ourselves. Like, doing 50 push-ups and 100 sit-ups a day. Whenever we think of it, just drop what we are doing and hammer out a quick 10 push-ups. Or 10 sit-ups. If we keep that up, we might be surprised at what we were able to accomplish in mere seconds - at random times - throughout the day.
I think it's very important to set goals for yourself. But when you are setting those goals, I think it is even more important to stay realistic. If you set goals that are too high, you might become discouraged. And soon, you might feel so discouraged that you give up.
For instance... totally hypothetical here ... if you just started running a year ago, and never ran more than eight miles a week, you might be aiming a little high if you trot out and sign yourself up for a marathon.
Because when your running group goes from running six miles on Saturday, to seven miles on Saturday, to eight miles on Saturday ... and then you miss a few weeks of practice and the next time you show up they are up to 18 MILES ... you might feel the urge to cry.
(Or dry heave.)
And you might feel frustrated that when you first joined this
Like the wind.
(Or, the candy that you ate on the sly from your children's Easter basket.)
And when you arrive at your training session and look at all of your team members stretching and getting pumped up to run for what would take you an entire day, you decide that sitting in your car while eating a PowerBar and laughing hysterically to Click and Clack sounds like the best idea you've ever heard. In your entire life.
So what does this have to do with me?
Nothing at all.
I just think that if you are new to the sport of running and are very slow and have a problem with your feet falling asleep after two miles, and that foot-sleeping-issue is not linked to your shoes being too small or laced too tightly but is in fact determined to be a circulatory disorder, you might want to reconsider running 26.2 miles at once.
Sorry. I totally forgot where I was going with this.
Ah, flowers. So lovely.
Next week, we'll discuss denial and what it means to be up to your eyeballs in it.