Monday, October 22, 2012

Motivated Mondays

After completing the Tough Mudder, I knew I'd be doing more Mudders next year but I also knew that I could (somewhat) easily complete that challenge. The goal had been met and while there is of course room for improvement, the challenge wasn't quite as extreme. I knew I needed something new to work towards.

My cousin-in-law is also an avid exercise fan and after losing weight and getting in shape, she completed a half marathon. Since she knew I could do the half marathon distance, she asked if I'd do a marathon with her. Well...I've talked before about how I doubt my running and fitness abilities so while I said yes to the marathon, it was with the caveat that I needed to do a half first. So...3M half marathon in Austin in January 2013 is the goal. I started the running training this week and having that end goal and the knowledge that I can be one of those people with a 13.1 sticker proudly displayed on my car is keeping me super motivated to run!

Since we last talked about goals, have you signed up for anything? What. challenges have you set for yourself? What are your 2013 exercise plans?


  1. Goal setting is important, but sometimes I think we set the initial goal too high and set ourselves up for failure. Sometimes it pays to talk with a trainer to decide what are attainable goals in the foreseeable future. You can have long term goals, but we must always remember to have the short term goal too - the one that is attainable, with work, in a reasonable amount of time.

  2. Too right! If you only have big long term goals, you can really end feeling discouraged when you don't "achieve" anything for a long time. Breaking your big goals into smaller goals makes them less daunting and also gives you the sense of accomplishment to keep pushing through the tough times.