Thoughts on goals

The countdown to 2015 is on, and I’m working on setting some goals for coming year. The first and biggest: Run 1,000 miles. I’m aiming for 100 miles a month, knowing that my travel and summer bird camp schedule will make for some weeks when I just can’t get many miles in.

I’ve been using December as a test run, trying to get in a groove before January 1 comes around, and it’s been great, actually. This time of year, when the days get shorter and weather turns colder, has always been a hard time for me to get out and run, so I’m always trying to find things to keep me motivated.

Being part of the Oiselle flock has really helped (nothing like seeing the accomplishments of other people to get motivated). I’ve also started using my Garmin regularly on runs. I’ve had a Forerunner 305 for years. I’ve used it off and on, but the software it came with was a little clunky and for the past few years I’ve mostly been using my watch or running without keeping track of time at all. This month I dusted off the Garmin and found out that there is now a whole new system: Garmin Connect. It has all kinds of groovy features, including the ability to set and track progress on all kinds of goals–mileage goals (by week, month, year, etc.), distance goals, frequency goals, and even calorie goals for those who are so inclined. So I set weekly goals and monthly goals for December to try to get to 100 miles this month. And it turns out that seeing the progress bar shift to the right is a real motivation for me to run. The first thing I do when I get home is hook my Garmin up to the computer and upload my data.

I’ve also gotten back into listening to podcasts while running. I used to do this all the time. Then I began running with other people and started leaving my iPod at home. Fast forward to today, when I am mostly running on my own again. I struggled with motivation. Getting out to run on some mornings felt impossible. Then I remembered podcasts. Yesterday I went out on a run pretty much solely because I wanted to listen to the last episode of Serial. Current (and some perennial) favorites: This American Life, The Moth, Radiolab, Wiretap, Third Coast International Audio Festival, and 99% Invisible.

I also added a new widget to my website, over there in the upper right-hand side. I’m tracking my weekly/monthly/annual mileage and putting it out there for the world to see (well, I’m not that deluded–for the two of you who read this blog to see).

I’m working out a few more goals for the coming year, one of which is to write here regularly. But 1000 miles, watch out. I’m coming for you.

What are your goals for 2015?

4 thoughts on “Thoughts on goals

  1. Jennie, I love this post! Also, I am a HUGE fan of podcasts and I’m thrilled that you’ve shared these suggestions. I listened to the last episode of Season 1 of “Serial” during my run on Saturday; I really enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to what they have in store for us next year. When you say “bird camp,” do you mean THE bird camp?? I would love to go hang with tons of other Oiselle birds; the pictures from Bird Camp this year were amazing. I will do my best to “keep track” of you and your goal during the coming year; I know you can do this!

    • Thanks, Tara! And haha–no. Not THAT birdcamp. I am a bird biologist and every summer (since 1997) I direct/co-lead bird camps, one in Colorado and one in Arizona–summer field courses/camps for young people interested in birds/conservation. Basically I spend about three weeks each summer hiking, birding, and teaching kids about birds, conservation, and field research. A friend of mine is on the Volee team and when she wrote about her #birdcamp experience last summer I thought, “Huh. I should look into this Oiselle company.” So while I’ve been to bird camp many times, I’ve not been to birdcamp.

  2. My Thursday morning runs are about to get a lot harder to get out of bed for – I was faithfully listening to Serial (and some of the podcasts about the podcast!) and those dawn runs + the mystery was a perfect combo. I also listen to many of the ones you listen to but have not tried TCIAF so that may be next!

    2015 is a bit of a mystery right now. My immediate goal is to finish the 50 miler I am training for, but if all goes well, that will be checked off the list in late Jan. After that ???? Maybe a spring half and a fall full? Gotta get through the 50 first and then we shall see!

    Good luck with your 1000 goal, it is super fun to hit milestones like that!!

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