I love my Believe Journal from Lauren Fleshman & Roisin McGettigan-Dumas. I also enjoy picky bars post run on a fairly regular basis, by the way. It’s more than a running journal – there’s a place to reflect on each week & each month; a topic for every month; writing prompts & exercises; goal setting for the year, for races; quotes & more!
There is space for four goals, but I only wrote three:
- Keep track of my weekly mileage. And for the first time, I’ve managed to do this so far. Somehow a handwritten journal seems to be working better for me than apps have in the past. Or maybe I just got more serious this year. We’ll see if I keep it up through the end of the year.
- Stay injury free! So far, so good, but I didn’t get injured until the fall last year. I am trying to take steps to make sure this goal is met: watch my mileage (see goal#1), dynamic warmups, post run injury preventative exercises, visit the chiropractor regularly, listen to my body! Not to mention running less mileage this year.
- Get below 130. Why does weight matter? I am at a healthy weight for my height . . . just barely. And I just feel better running when I am at a healthy weight. Unfortunately, this is a tough nut to crack & I came close – but no closer than I’ve been for the last year. Maybe I need to adjust this goal to simply get down to 130 right now.
The journal also has space for goals for each race & I spend some time prior to my races thinking about my goals for the race, like these for this week’s race, The Firecracker 4:
- Run with someone (a lot of people from my running group run it)
- Finish injury free (only 4 miles)
- PR (unlikely – it starts late & will probably be warm)
I often set weekly goals, as well. I’m a firm believer that what you believe, you achieve. Clearly I have my work cut out for me: I need to believe I can lose more weight, stay injury free & get faster. Now it’s also time to buckle down & get ‘er done!
How are your 2015 goals coming along? What roadblocks have you encountered? Which goals have you crushed?