I sat down and created a personal fitness motto several years ago:
Set your goals. Reach your goals. Surpass your goals.
I am always facinated when people set goals and actually reach them. As a former overweight exercise hater and now as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant, this intrgues me to no end. And it truly inspires me.
Many of you have graciously shared your stories with me and I really feel like I want to share the love with more Trainer Momma readers. I am starting a new feature called “Goal Getters”. I will be centered around women who set a goal, reach their goal, and sometimes even surpass it.
Let me introduce you to 5K Rae.
SET YOUR GOAL:
What was your goal?
I used to hate running. I just didn’t like it at all. One day I wondered how long it would take me to just go and run a 5K in my neighborhood. So I asked my Hubby to drive around and map out a 5K. That’s when he said “Ok 5K Rae!” That’s how I got that nickname and the title of my blog. So, after we mapped it out, I headed out one day and ran/walked it. I ran as long as I could and then I’d walk to catch my breath, and then run again. I probably lasted 5 minutes before I had to walk. But I did the 5K distance in about 35 minutes. Not too shabby. So that’s where I became hooked and set the goal of being able to run 30 minutes without stopping.
Why did you set this goal?
I set this goal because I wanted to be able to run nonstop. I wanted to enjoy running. I never liked it before, but now I was seeing how great running is.
Describe the specific plan you set up to help you reach your goal.
First I was talking to a friend about my first 5K run and I was telling her my goal. That’s when she told me about the Couch to 5K program. I was interested right away and started searching online. I found the program and I found the podcasts I could use on my MP3 Player so I would know when to run and walk. I set my start date and was off! In the program you are supposed to run 3 times a week for 9 weeks. Once I have a goal and plan in mind, I stick to it.
What sacrifices did you have to make to get there?
To get my runs in, I had to do them in the evenings/night after we got our kids to bed. I work full time and I want to spend time with the kids while I am home and they are awake. So we’d give baths, get them to bed, and then I’d go out for my runs. For my weekend runs I would do them in the mid morning. I really didn’t have to sacrifice much. My Hubby is very supportive of my running.
REACH YOUR GOALS:
How long did it take you to reach your goal?
It took me 9 weeks to reach my goal. At the end of the Couch to 5K Program I could run over 30 minutes straight. I was running further than 5K without stopping! I was so excited!
What were the challenges?
Sometimes it was hard. I’d want to stop running, but I would tell myself I was almost done and to just keep pushing. Sometimes I just didn’t feel like running. But, I ran. It was so worth it!
What were the rewards?
I love running now. When it’s not bad weather out, I try to run outside at least 3 times a week. I signed up for my first 5K race a couple weeks after I graduated the program. I was a ball of nerves, but it was a blast! I finished my first 5K race in 27:04! I raced every month from July 2010 through December 2010. I also trained for a 10K and ran my first 10K race on Thanksgiving morning. I love running and I love racing. It’s so much fun! I also joined a running group at my gym. I’ve got to meet a lot of great people who enjoy running as much as I do. I started my running blog 5K Rae. I’ve made a ton of blogging friends. It’s been such a wonderful experience.
SURPASS YOUR GOALS:
Now that you’ve met your goal, what’s next?
My goal for 2011 are to race each month from February 2011 through December 2011. Hopefully I can do more than 1 race a month during the summer. But my big goal for 2011 is to run my first Half Marathon in July. I need to come up with a training plan and start that March. I can’t wait!
See what I told you?
Inspiring. I feel like strapping on the Newtons and going for a jog right now.
Thanks, Rae, for taking the time to share your goal getting experience.
If there are any others of you out there who set a goal and reached it — I’d love to hear about! It could be anything from eating more vegetables, getting more sleep, getting off Diet Coke, accepting yourself, or finishing a triathlon. ANYTHING.
**Note: ”Goal Getters” is really not focusing on weight loss (there will be a different feature for that coming soon!) This is really about the your goal setting and getting experience.
Shoot me an email and in the subject line title it “Goal Getters”. I’ll email you a list of questions to respond to and we’ll get you featured in no time.
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