Sunday, October 26, 2008

2009 Goals

You'll be happy to know, I'm sure, that I have goals. The thing is, I have never been that good at writing them down. Don't you hate it when your performance review involves goals? What are your performance goals this year, what are your leadership goals? What are your strengths, what are your weaknesses?

Amazingly, my larger goals involve running. When I started thinking about triathlon, running was my least favorite part. Now, I love it.

Which leads me to one of my two long term (multi-year) goals.

1) BQ. I want to Boston Qualify. I want to run the Boston Marathon!

This is going to take a lot of work!

Micro steps to goal #1

Goal #1) A 6 minute mile. The fastest pace I have recorded on my Garmin so far is a 4:08 pace for 7 miles. But that was when I forgot to turn it off and drove home from a hill workout. ;-).
Seriously, the fastest mile that I have run, that I am aware of is 7:58, my fastest 1/4 mile is 6:29.
I have work to do. But to be fair, I haven't tried to run a fastest mile except twice to get below an 8 minute mile. You might wonder why I don't try for a 7 minute mile? Well, that's because I plan on working on that for the rest of 2008!

Goal #2a) A 22 minute 5K (by May)
Goal #2b) A 21 minute 5K (by October)

Goal #3a) A 1:50 minute half mary (by June)
Goal #3b) A 1:40 minute half mary (by November)

Goal #4) A 3:45 marathon

Goal #5) Swim comfortable in open water (this friends, has been a problem for me).

Are these goals unrealistic? Tough, yes, but not completely unrealistic.

More to come!


  1. We are both on the same page with some speed goals...not sure I want/can boston qualify but as for the 5k and half marry time I'm right there with you.

  2. Hey....did you ever get a Border to Border team together?

  3. BQ is far away for me! Like I said in the post that is a multi-year goal. I'm not even sure if I'm running a marathon next year. All the one's I'm interested in are on a weekend I work. Maybe I'll take a weekend off? Maybe I'll run the Madison Marathon?

    I have not signed up for B2B yet! But yes, I am forming a team and it looks like I have Iron Girl Nyhus and possibly her sister Sarah?

    Are you interested. You mentioned a maybe before! I think we know some others that should form a team too. Time to work the peer pressure! :-)

  4. Goals are good! Of course, it isn't so good for the psyche when you set them repeatedly and don't meet them (like I am prone to do). So I have to take some time off from goals myself...

  5. Nice goals! Could any of this start with a Winter Carnival Half Marathon?!? I think we'll have a group out there!

  6. Thanks for reminding me. I need goals or I do nothing anymore.

    Let me know how the no fear of the open water thing goes, I am working on that myself.

  7. I wish you luck on your pursuit. I really believe all things are possible; it's the time-prediction which is hard.

    BTW, I too hate those performance review goals for work. What a pain!

  8. I love reading about goals and plans to reach them. Nice work putting that together for yourself.

    Thanks for stoping by my blog, as for the military time; well I just find it much easier to write that way. I have a few friends in Law enforcement/military, so I'm used to seeing it. I don't talk in miltary time though.