As a reminder, I’m running the NYC Marathon for Fred’s Team, and am working towards hitting a huge fundraising goal to support cancer research! You can click here to read more and make a donation.
I promised to post about my NYC Marathon training goals a few weeks ago, but I’ve been sitting on it. Truthfully, my mindset about this training cycle has changed many times over the past 2 months, and I wanted to be sure I felt good about my goals. These goals are not about time. Deciding to run for charity has shifted my mindset, and I want to give you all a glimpse into how I am approaching this training cycle. If you are tired of chasing a time goal, I cannot stress enough how life changing running for charity has been. Without further ado, here are the three things I am focusing on this training cycle.
Goal #1 – Focus on the journey, not the outcome.
Would I love a PR in NYC? Of course! But I don’t want the success of this training cycle to be hanging on what happens on race day. There are a lot of variables, and last year’s crazy PR was truly a result of both training and the perfect day. This may be the only time I run this race; I want to enjoy the experience and run a strong race. However, I do not want to put pressure on myself to hit a certain time. There will be races in the future for time goals.
Goal #2 – Arrive on race day feeling confident about the work I’ve put in.
I’ve mentioned before that I am not where I’d like to be from a base perspective going into training. While I can’t change the past 2 months, I can control what happens between now and race day. I want to feel good that I’ve done my warm-ups, cool-downs, stretching, foam rolling, speed work….all of it. And I want to fuel my body for performance and recovery. This will also give me a really solid base going into 2018.Tired of chasing time goals? Here are 3 goals for your marathon training that aren't about pace: Click To Tweet
Goal #3 – Be grateful, even when it gets tough.
Running for charity has changed my heart. This past weekend, I was suffering through the heat and humidity like most of us. But every time my mind went to a dark place, I thought about how lucky I was to be able to be out there. I know 3 runners personally right now who are fighting cancer and would do anything to be out there in the heat. Before each workout, I look at my wall of names and pick someone to think about during my run. I know there will be tough workouts or bad weeks, but at the end of the day, I want to be grateful that I get to experience them.
What goals are you chasing this fall? What would you add to this list? Have you ever run for charity? Tell me below in the comments!