As a coach, I support people in setting goals and working toward them each day. I love goals. I love the journey of going from “How in the world can I do this?” to “Look at what I have accomplished.”
It is with that in mind that I set a goal at the beginning of the year to run one or more half-marathons. At that time I had started running again… a little. I ran cross-country as a child… I ran for fun while in high school and college (in reality I ran to release stress and think). I had not run in YEARS when I set this goal… and there were more than a few minutes where I looked at the goal and thought “WHO IN THE WORLD SET THAT GOAL?”
Well, on Labor day, I completed my first half-marathon. It is amazing to look at the medal, the sign my boys held for me and my number and go “I did it… I really did it!” At the end of the race it seemed surreal… I kept thinking “it can’t be over – that was too easy!” A half-marathon is supposed to rock your world and I felt like I could run farther…
It was just this morning that I realized… I’m trying to make it hard. The belief that was running in my head (deep down, hidden from daylight) was that a “good goal” has to be hard to complete. Here’s the kicker – I trained hard for this race – regular 8 mile runs and a couple 10 mile runs too.
My question (to myself and to you) is “What are you making harder than it needs to be?”
My realization is that I have not celebrated this HUGE accomplishment – I mean truly celebrated – because I didn’t believe that I deserved to celebrate it! You better believe that when I complete my next half (on October 9th) there will be some SERIOUS celebrating!!!
So, once you figure out what you are making harder than it needs to be, what will you do to celebrate the accomplishment? I’m going to take some time to journal about the experience and look at pictures!!!!