Share I'm guessing many of you follow Jamoosh over at the The Last Mile Lounge and it seems that all of his latest posts have been about how wonderful his runs have been.
"I was a well-oiled machine, moving easily and fluidly and may as well been at the altar of the Running Gods (apparently small animal sacrifices are paying off)."
He has a way with words that Jamoosh and I've been wanting a run like this and haven't seen one of these runs for several weeks/months. Until today.
The schedule said it was to be a 4 mile tempo run at 10 min. per mile pace. I realize this is a warm up for a lot of folks out there but I know my limits. My life allows me to run 3 times a week and my race that I'm training for is "just" a half marathon but I'm okay with that. I really am. I'm not going to let my ego talk me into doing something that really is out of reach right now and then end up maxed out at all ends and forgetting why I run in the first place. This will be my 1st official half marathon as opposed to my unofficial half marathon and after today I'm excited.
I borrowed my husbands Garmin again and realized I'm starting to like these things. I'm realizing that I really need to listen to Coach Dean's advice and stop mixing up my expectations with my goals because I AM reaching my goals and yet even then will somehow tell myself "it's not good enough" because somehow my expectation wasn't met.
Goals can be measured and expectations usually cannot.
Example of Expectation: "I want to have a good run" ---How do you measure this?
Example of a Goal: "I want to run 4 miles and maintain a 10 minute per mile pace or faster"--Easily measured.
It's obvious this is a lesson I learn and relearn over and over, and over and over.
Run ended with a 39:27 for a 9:52 pace. Which is my fastest 4 miler in a while. Yay me.
Do you confuse your expectations with your goals? Something to think about.