Have you put a race date in your diary for this year yet? When we decide to do an endurance event, we are setting ourselves a goal, a target to reach. It may seem daunting but doing this one small action can bring about amazing changes and personal growth.
On March 1st, I joined the Ashmei challenge and committed to running at least a mile or cycling more than 10 miles a day for the whole of March. Running is really not my thing. I would prefer to be on 2 wheels but having not run for a couple of years, I thought that this would be a great way to get back into doing it again.
As the challenge comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on the highs and lows of the past month and I wanted to share them with you.
- When we set ourselves a goal, often we don’t know how we’re going to achieve it but once we have made a commitment, we find a way. This is even more likely if we tell friends and family we are going to do it.
- Around day 9, my knees started to hurt. I could have decided to give up then. I didn’t though, I had made the commitment, and so I hopped on my bike for a few days to let my knee sort itself out. By setting a target and being committed, we find ways of achieving things, even when obstacles appear in our way
- As I ran a little each day, I found myself wanting to run further for longer. If we set a target which takes us out of our comfort zone and into our ‘stretch’ zone, we can achieve great things often even better than we thought possible. If however we set a target which takes us into our ‘panic’ zone, we are less likely to achieve it and we will probably give up at the first hurdle.
- There days when it was difficult to find the time to fit it in. One day I was out from 7am in the morning until 8pm and at 8:30pm I had a webinar to deliver to my mastermind group. I was really disappointed that I couldn’t fit in doing what I had committed to do. The next day, I did both the run and the cycle ride to make up for it. Setting a goal drives determination to do what you said you were going to do to get there in the end.
- I now know that I will get to day 31, something that I didn’t think possible on day 1. Setting a goal and achieving it has now given me the confidence to take on bigger challenges in the future. In addition, making sure I either cycle or run each day has now become part of my routine.
Where are your eating choices letting you down and not supporting your endurance goals? What one small thing could you change in your daily eating habits and commit to for 31 days which would help your results this season? It can be a simple as drinking an extra glass of water a day or reducing the number of sugars you have in your tea.
Come and join my Facebook page Eating to Win and if you want real accountability share your goals with the community. I promise we will cheer you on until you achieve them!