Road Map to Success Part. 1
Running an Ultra-Marathon has been a dream of mine for years. I have been making very small baby steps towards this goal. After getting certified as a Level 1 USA Track & Field Coach and realizing the importance of goal-setting, I am finally at the threshold of realizing my dream. My first Ultra is in August of 2014 and although it is not the final ultimate distance of 100 miles (it's just a measly 50k), it is an ultra and is just another intermediate goal to see me to the end. As taught to all the coaches going through the Level 1 course, I have been sticking to the 'train your body for life' doctrine. I don't just focus my training on the upcoming event. Train to keep your body healthy, don't crush it unnecessarily, revitalize it with proper food and set your sights on the distant future.
To assist everyone else in their endeavors, I have copied down the first portion of my training plan. In addition to the below questions, I love using Microsoft Outlook calendar. I prefer to print it out, so I can make changes to my training plan, but however you use it, Outlook is an incredible way to keep track and plan future training events (and it is usually included on all computers). Take the time to carefully complete this success map or action plan and keep it in a visible spot. Answer these questions honestly as you aren't sharing them with anyone else (unless you want to). They are here to help you outline you fitness goals, or any other goals that you have been struggling to meet.
Identity: Who are you, how do you define yourself?
What are your values/priorities? What do you want vs. what do you like? Are you willing to pay the price for what you truly value?
Before moving onto the next portion, remember to be realistic in your athletic/academic goals. Talk to a coach or student advisor. Set your dream goals, then set-up step-by-step goals to use as stepping stones to reach the ultimate goal.
Beginning of Season Goals:
Intermediate Season Goals:
End of Season Goals:
Long Range Goals or Dreams:
Look at you goals. Change them as you see fit. They are fluid and as such, should not become a burden, but a source of pride and inspiration. If you see your training schedule as a problem or feel dread at the time required to meet your own goals, it may be time to re-appraise them.