Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Going Above and Beyond

  February feels like it's flying by and I've been thinking about how much progress I've made towards my goals for the month.  Some goals I'm right on point. . . others NotSoMuch.

   I also realized, I've set some pretty lofty goals for myself.  Ones that I believe are attainable, but they will take an effort that goes above and beyond.

  For Example, 2 of my Goals for the month:

          * Beating my 3k PR of 11:13 (set in HS) on Feb. 24th
       * 30 Good Form Push-ups

To me, achieving these two goals will  mean that I am the fastest and strongest  I've ever been.

   Up until my recent rekindling with running and racing, I thought my HS times would stay the fastest I'd ever run.  I'm  finally feeling like those PRs could soon be history and I will no longer have to consider my race times as HS/ College PRs and Post HS/College PRs.

   Push-ups have ALWAYS been a weakness (along with all other arm related exercises).  I was lucky if I could do 5, then two years ago I found the 100 Push-Up program and I've been on again/ off again with it since.  In this time I've improved greatly, but I've yet to perform over 25 solid Push-ups.  So can I get to 30??

  Suffice to say that achieving both of these is going to take a little extra on my part.  Have I been giving it?

    When it comes to the push-ups: No.  I was off on my push-ups last week.  The week before I was doing mega amounts of push-ups with all the burpees and bodyrock workouts plus the 3 weekly push-up workouts.  I was feeling awesome and really beginning to feel some good arm strength.  Then I missed a push-up workout, which ended up being a week of push-up workouts and I know I'm gonna be feeling it when I go to test my max today.

    As far as a sub 11:13 3k: Maybe.   11:13 works out to a 6:01 mile pace; I'd have to go 6 flat or under to achieve this.  My running has been going good and I 100% feel that all the burpees, push-ups, planks, mountain climbers, circuit training, stairs, inclines. . . have made me stronger and faster.  So although I haven't run many all out speed workouts, I'm feeling a lot of speed in me :)

Little Related Tangent:
    Half way through typing this post (this morning) I decided to see where I was at in regards to 6 min pace.  I started out on the treadmill and quickly realized that trying for low 6 pace just wasn't going to happen on that baby.   If I really wanted to see what pace I could hold I was going to have to get my booty outside.

    It is windy  today and running a fast mile with a strong wind, not my idea of fun. . . but I did it, well close to it.  My block is .9 (.88 for pacing purposes) around, I stopped and started at my driveway.  Final time 5:24, which works out to around 6:10 pace.  At .2 miles in I flat out wanted to quit and blame the wind, but that would get me no closer to where I want to be.

    So. . . Sub 6 paced 3k in just over two weeks?  I'm right there, I'm gonna need to get in a few good speed workouts in the next 14 days, but it's definitely doable.  I have the speed in my legs for sure.

A point I was considering while thinking about my goals
    Sometimes when we are at that point of setting goals that we're not  positive we can achieve, it can be easy to not put a full 110% effort in.  This way when we fall short we can blame it on a lack of effort and not on a lack of ability.   
It can be scary to think "What if I put in all this effort, give it my all and I still can't do it?" ( I have let this thought hold me back too many times in my life. )  If we have lack of effort to fall back on we can still tell ourselves, "if I tried harder I could have done it."  

     Just remember (and this is as much for me as for anyone else reading): TRUE success is not always in reaching your goal, but in becoming better, faster, stronger, smarter. . . in the process of getting there.
     You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential."
Steve Garvey

What goals have you set that seem scary at times ?
Have you reached any goals that you once thought of as unattainable?


Matty O said...

loaded post.

I don't think I could beat my HS times. I was 40 lbs lighter in high school... it will take ridiculous amount of training to beat my sub 18 min 5k.

I set goals that I don't think I can achieve. I always achieve them.

I think its all mental... how bad do you really want it?

Stephanie said...

Great Job Katie! I ran my Time Test already today....results tomorrow! I was a lazy dancer in high school and chatted during the mile runs. Ooops. I'm actually MUCH faster nowadays than I was then. :)

coach dion said...

I'm feeling a bit shattered and disappointed did 6 x 1000m in 3:30, last year I was doing that session in 3:20 I've got a bit of work to do, my goal run the times I wanted last year.

Matty O, so get out there and do the 'ridiculous' amount of training needed, and run that sub 18min 5km

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Can I have your fitness level please! You are strength and speed in one package! Dang girl--you can fly!!!!

DCGuru said...

Awesome job katie and @Matty O I beleive you can do whatever you set your mind to doing. As long as you focus and put in the work. I'm stronger and faster than I ever was in high school or in my 20's.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

That is pretty darn fast Katie - you are a speedster! With all those 40 degree days you should head over to the high school track! I always feel faster on the track surface!

Andrew Opala said...

Firstly, don't run in the wind. You are so skinny the wind will blow you away. Plus, on the treadmill, make sure you are tied down!

My scariest goal is to run a 16 minute 5k when I'm 50 years old!

~Jessica~ said...

I think every race I have run I would count as a goal I thought was unattainable: I was the kid wheezing at the back of the pack in cross-country, always last and wishing she could even run a mile without stopping.

This post is so profound: I always hold back a little, even in my marathons, for fear of putting in 100% effort and being disappointed. I'm not sure how to get over this mindset, but hopefully being aware of it will help.

I know you're going to smash your goals: you have such drive, determination and a great attitude!


Kittee I am a Runner! said...

I think if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything. You have the drive and the want to. You got this girl. I wish I had your speed!

JohnP said...

It's all about the journey.

Danielle said...

I don't think I could beat the times I ran in HS, but it woul dbe a goal I could try to hit.
You're awesome! Keep working hard, and I'll keep getting motivation from you!! : )

Nelly said...

Sounds like all your fitness goals are going great! Good luck in your 3K race, my guess is that you will get really close to your 11:13 time, if not beat it. Getting into a race just turns on the competitive juices and you always do better than you think. Careful on the indoor track, it is tough on the hips with so many tight turns each lap. Not sure if you foam roll your ITB, but you should definitely do it after running indoors.

And I bet you will reach your pushup goal soon too, maybe late this month or early next month.

For my goals, I really don't think I'll reach my short distance PRs that I set in high school (800m, mile, 5K, 6 mile). The workouts needed to get awesome times in those races are just not fun to me now (400m repeats, pyramids, sprint workouts, etc). I just view those workouts as more like a job instead of being fun. Fun for me now is running 5 or more miles outside, so now my goal is to do great at half marathons and marathons.

As for goals I'd never thought I'd reach, I never thought I'd do a marathon, it just seemed so far! So now that I've done one, I want to try to improve my time as much as possible. Not sure if BQ will be in the cards yet for me, but maybe on my 3rd or 4th one I can shoot for it.

MuncherCruncher said...

You can do it girl!! Your goals are awesome, and I think you'll be able to get there!!!
I was terrified when I finally decided to run my first marathon. I didn't think i'd be able to finish, but that made it ALL the better when I did it!

Nicole said...

Shoot I think you could do 50 push ups in no time. I don't know if you ever lift weights or not but try chest press or bench press machines or use dumb bells to do those exercises. In the Army those two exercises help me max my two minutes of timed pushups. Also, for every mile I run on the treadmill I knock out 15 as fast as I can then jump back into running. Same thing when I watch my favorite shows I do 10 pushups every commercial.

Meghan said...

Great post! Running a marathon was a goal and I really never thought I'd get there. I ran my first one in 2007 and I'm hoping to knock out another one in the next couple of years. My goal for the next one is to beat my time from the first one. I'll be posting about training when I get there.

Thomas Bussiere said...

It's good to have goals, and better to exceed what you thought was not possible. Don’t stop there!

Rose said...

I have only ever used the indo board thing for foam rolling. I've never tried to balance on it. My balance could always use work though, so I should probably give it a go.

TRI714 said...

You are like the energizer bunny !!

Elisa@Deeply Truly Elisa said...

I really enjoyed reading this post. I always tend to set myself goals that are attainable. Though this results in me not pushing nearly close enough to what I could be pushing... if this makes sense. I really need to work on that. Thanks for the post, it was inspiring!

cyclicalunemployment said...

congrats on that time! you're clearly doing very well with your goals etc

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

your stength and speed are amazing! I love these goals. Such a great Burn to those workouts. Keep up the great posts!