Thursday, August 19, 2010

Why is good not good enough?

This morning Jeremy and I went to the park before work to get in our last run before saturdays 5k. I had high hopes for today's run. I know I have gotten faster since my last race but I really want to drop a lot of time on Saturday. My running partner from my last 5k dropped over 6 minutes from the one we did together to one he ran last weekend. I would be thrilled if I could do that... And in my mind I should be able to do that as well considering we were at the same speed before.

So this morning my goal was to stay under an 11 min/mile pace, definitely under a 12 min/mile pace. My first mile was great! I went a pr for my one mile time and went 10:48. Definitely under my goal!! Yay! Unfortunately mile two was not so great. No where near as great. I had to stop to walk twice totaling proably a tenth if conbined. Mile two was 13 min flat! :(. No where near the pace I wanted to hold. Although i did go another pr for my best two mile time! I wasn't finished with my workout so I continue to run, vowing I would go faster the last few minutes. I ran another .66 of a mile and was able to hold a 12:25 pace. Better but still over what I had originally set out to do.

So my question is why can't I be happy for what I acheived today rather than be disappointed by what I couldn't do? Jeremy says I set my goals to high... Is that wrong though?

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  1. I don't think it's wrong, but it might help to remember it's all a process. You set two PR's in that run, great job! I think it's a great idea to keep goals in mind, but not to let them ruin our enjoyment of what should be fun. You are doing great! Keep it up the good work!

  2. I try not to set too many goals and just celebrate when something good happens : ) Even though I think about my "wants" while I run and before I run and after I run. I try to only have one main goal I am working towards and I give don't give myself a timeline on meeting it. No goal is too big!