How do you decide what is worth your time, effort and energy?
When I first started running these were my priorities...
1. Lose baby weight
2. Run a mile without stopping
3. Finish my first 5K
As time passed I dropped weight, gained endurance and signed up for races left and right. With new vision I ran on and on...
1. Finish a Half Marathon
2. Increase my speed
3. Eat for fuel to get to Goal Weight
All good things!! My first half marathon was SPEEDY (for me) and I was racing at my goal weight. What an amazing feeling to know I could run longer and faster than I ever imagined..
While training for the Half I realized I had more in me...
1. Finish a Marathon
2. Qualify for Boston
3. Become a Marathon maniac
These priorities took up a TON of my time and focus!! I was a Marathon training machine. It felt good to be able to pop off 20++ mile training runs at a decent clip. I don't feel I am built to run long long distances, but during this time I made it a priority. Along the way I built friendships which made the miles much more enjoyable :)
A few months after I qualified for Boston…LIFE happened!! My Dad passed away unexpectadly... When you suffer a loss of someone close to you it really shakes you.. I almost didn't run Boston because I felt like Running had taken full priority in my life and that was not sitting well with me..
Where are my priorities today?
1. Help Muscle Man Finish his first Half Marathon
2. Let the miles come without expectations on speed or distance.
3. Run for the joy of it, no pressure.
But for now I am right where I NEED and WANT to be and wow does that feel good…I am so proud of what I have accomplished the past 4 years. Running has become a way of life for me, which is AMAZING!! If you know what you want, where you want to be it is as simple as charting the course to get there.. Or sometimes, slowing down to find what you needed was there all along..
A few quotes about Priorities:
The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule,
but to schedule your priorities.-Stephen R. Covey
Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.
We realize our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically a problem of priorities. We confess, we have left undone those things that ought to have done; and we have done those things which ought not to have done.
-Charles E. Hummel
-Charles E. Hummel
Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions, these can be changed as your priorities change, new one added, and others dropped.
Review our priorities, ask the question; What is the best use of our time right now?
What comes first, the compass or the clock? Before one can truly manage time (the clock), it is important to know where you are going, what your priorities and goals are, in which direction you are headed (the compass). Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what's urgent, learn to focus on what is really important.
What is your RUNNING PRIORITY right now??
-Recover from injury
-Run while pregnant- Nancy :)
-Take to the trails
-Qualify for Boston
-Drop some baggage (weight or otherwise)
-Inspire/coach another person to their goals
-Enjoy the journey
***Determine your priority...and go for it.. knowing that you can change/shift at any time :)