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Setting the Next Goal

Monday, October 22, 2012

My official 10K time was 1:04:47, which means my pace was 10:27. Which is about normal.

So my next goal is a speed one. 2 years ago I started running a Turkey Trot and this year will be the 3rd time I do it. My goal is a sub 30 min time. Considering in my last Triathlon, I completed the 5K portion in 31 min....and this was after swimming and biking. I almost wonder if I am setting too low a goal, but it seems like a SMART goal. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time(deadline).

Goal setting is a very individual thing. Some set weightloss goals. Some restrict foods, add water or look at fitness minutes. While weightloss was why I started with SparkPeople, it quickly changed to racing and personal challenges. About 1 month into my time here, I changed my ticker to Fitness Minutes because I found it more motivating. The weightloss takes care of itself while the training and "The Next Race" is what drives me.

What drives you? What are your SMART goals for the next few months? (At least until New Years rolls around and you can make some new ones.)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CINERICIA 10/28/2012 1:28PM

    Definitely a SMART goal, my dear. And very doable. I know you have it in you. How could you not after that rockin' 10k?

After being around Spark for awhile I, too, found that my goals shifted from being weight loss oriented to being fitness oriented. (Though I admit that weight loss goals are still alive and kicking.) If it's going to be a lifelong change, then the goals need to reflect a lifelong commitment to being a work in progress and moving toward being the best me I can be.

I will also be doing a Turkey Trot, though mine will be unofficial. I'm trying to get certain members of the family (ahem...Husband and Little One) to join me. Keep me posted on your training progress. We can compare notes.

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/22/2012 2:36PM

    What a great idea: to set SMART goals and have everyone else share theirs too! My goals for this week are harder to measure... they have to do with preparing the next before for the following morning. This means having my lunch prepped, setting out the clothes I will wear, etc. I slept better last night, and feel it was because I was mentally (and physically) prepared for today, so I'm going to try to continue that for the week.

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FITFOODIE806 10/22/2012 1:34PM

    Awesome goal! I like SMART goals too. Teachers :) And I am the same as you: racing and time goals are more motivating to me. Right now I just want to keep my mileage up (15-25 miles a week) throughout winter. Then I have time goals for Spring and Summer races.

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ARIZONAMARY 10/22/2012 1:03PM

    My next goal is 240 on Thanksgiving day & 230 by the time my second 5K rolls around on January 23rd, 2013.

It gives me more reason to focus o neating better, exercising & gets me through FIVE eating trigger days of mine.

Those days are Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years & the first anniversary of my mother's death.

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LESLIELENORE 10/22/2012 12:11PM

    I am concentrating on body fat percentage. I won't get it checked again until after the New Year, but I can tell it is going down by how my clothes fit.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/22/2012 10:22AM

    I like the idea of changing the ticker to fitness minutes :D I think I'll do that once I figure out how :)

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SHEENADEE 10/22/2012 10:12AM

    You are so right about how important it is to set goals that are personal and motivating to us. After all, that's why we have goals. Congrats in your recent race!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/22/2012 10:04AM

    I'm working on totally re-vamping my goals for November. I need something that pushes/challenges me more than what I have been doing. We'll see what I come up with.

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GINGERHAWK 10/22/2012 9:16AM

  It sounds like you've set a solid and realistic goal. Normally I have goals that combine weight and fitness minutes. I'm finding now that my motivation is waning and I probably need to rethink my November goals. I'm not sure which direction I'm going to go but I need to spend these final days of October on figuring that out!

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