I think there is a real possibility that what was once a fun hobby can easily become a cycle of over-training, imbalances in our home-lives, frustration when unable to train due to injury, and disappointment if goals are not achieved. It can also turn running into a chore that must be done to hit certain mileage targets instead of an activity that we do for pure enjoyment.
You could, for example, have a goal to run 50 miles per week but if that goal takes priority over all other goals you could quite easily find yourself wondering where the enjoyment has gone or why you are often taking time out due to injury.
So, what if we looked at the initial setting of goals from another angle.
In the book chi-running the author, Danny Dreyer, breaks down different goals into two groups, result-oriented and body-oriented goals.
Result-oriented goals are generally externally motivated and are focused on impressing or earning praise (e.g., to win a certain race), whereas body-oriented goals keep the focus on the process and come from within (e.g., to enjoy running). He suggests removing any goals that fall in the former category completely. As is usual for me, I see the value in both and would like to try a different approach to setting and (hopefully) achieving my goals.
I've decided to organise my goals in a way that lets me use both groups, but with the addition of a couple of rules to help to keep the focus on the body-oriented goals.
- Body-oriented are primary.
- Result-oriented are secondary.
- I must not do anything that contravenes or moves me away from any of the body-oriented goals in order to achieve another goal (result or body).
When I have a race I will set additional goals that are specific to that race. They are likely to be result driven, but the rules (above) will still apply!
I feel like I've moved in the right direction. What do you think? Also, if you'd like to share your goals or any tips please feel free to write in the comments box.
Thanks for reading.