Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gotta Set Some Goals To Get Anywhere

I know.. none of us like to really talk about goal setting. But this morning while I was beating out a couple of miles on the dreadmill I realized if I want to do the half marathon (that I have already signed up for) I'm going to have to set some realistic goals. It's never an easy task no matter what - but coming off a relatively major injury sure does seem to make it more difficult.

 The funny thing is that I know I can run 13.1 miles - because I have done it~! But I also know that I cannot do that today! I hate starting all over! I am up to about 10 miles a week again since the injury that sidelined me for about 10 weeks this season. (frustrating --sigh) And you know what? I really did not want to get on that treadmill this morning! It's difficult because I really like to run outside. However, I do not have the privilege of doing so. That means that if I really want to do the half marathon in April I do not have the luxury of a choice! So I have to ask myself How bad do I want it?

That's exactly the type of questions I was asking myself while putting an hour in on the tread this morning. But I have to start where I am. You really cannot start from where you are not! lol! And all I can do is the best with what I have to do with right now...and keep pushing. So..my goal is to put 30 minutes in on the treadmill 5 days a week, do toning exercises to build my core for 30 minutes 5 days a week, and then one day a week put an hour in on the treadmill. That should help me get through the next 3 or 4 weeks. Then I will have to bump it up a notch. But for now - these are my goals.

No matter where you are in life's journey and what your circumstances are - you gotta set some goals to get where you want to go. I know I have goals set in various other areas of my life as well. But as I discipline myself in one area - it seems the others follow. Funny isn't it? Well, one of those goals is also to keep up with my blogs a little better. So today is the start...

We must set goals - and as a Christian our ultimate goal is to be like Chris. 1 John 2:6 says that if we say the one who says he aides in Him ought also to walk in the same manner He walked. I cannot run a half marathon today...I may not look just like Christ in my walk today either. But as I start the journey - I will get where I am going. We have to press on toward the goal - fight it through. No one said it would be easy! (if they did...they lied!) But we must start from right where we are today - and proceed! Take a step toward your goals today. Take a step toward looking more like the Christ we love today...it'll be worth it when we cross the finish line! 

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