Friday, September 28, 2012

Multiple Goals

Currently, I have a few running goals in mind when I go out for a run.  I am training for a half marathon, so distance is one goal. I am also trying to break 40:00 on my 5 mile run, so speed is my second goal.  Lastly, I want to lose another 10 pounds. 

Sometimes, it can feel like the goals are working against each other.  The longer the run I do, the slower I go since I am running a relaxed pace.  Also, since I am running without a watch on almost all of my runs, I do not have too many speed sessions. When I do run for time, I usually go a shorter distance.

However, in reality, the different goals are helping one another.  The last timed run I did on my 5 mile route was 44:33.  This was almost a minute faster than my previous timed runs.  This is also 11 minutes faster than the same run I did last summer.  While I have not reached my goal yet, I am moving in the right direction.  Now that I have extended some of my runs to 6 and 7 miles, and the 4 and 5 mile routes are getting even easier.  

The first two goals will help me to achieve the third goal.  The longer and faster I can run, the more calories I will burn and the faster my metabolism will work.  If I say on my healthy eating plan, the weight should come off in no time.  Lastly, when I do lose the 10 pounds, the additional weight loss will help to run farther and faster.  

Do you have multiple goals to achieve with your running?

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