I’m notorious about starting things and not following through with them. The first iteration of this blog (now deleted) is a good example of my propensity towards fickleness. When I realized I actually enjoyed running and wanted to keep it up, I knew I needed a goal to keep myself in check.
When used correctly, a goal can be a great tool. As a naturally competitive person, goals give me something to focus my energy towards. For me, running is a deeply personal expedition. I’m not worried about being the best, I just want to be my best. Translating all this into a feasible running goal was a very simple task. I’ve participated in several 5k races, and the last one I ran was the first one I actually ran the whole time! This was an astounding feat to me, but it also meant I could do better. The next step up from a 5k is, of course, a 10k. I knew what I wanted to do: Run a 10k race the entire time.
Goals, while a great tool, can also be intimidating and highly daunting. I wanted as much time as possible to get in race shape and make sure there was no doubt in my mind that I could run this sucker without stopping. Hence, I knew I needed to find a 10k in the fall to have adequate time to (over)prepare.
Enter The Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race! This race, which offers a 1 mile fun run, 5k, 10k, and half marathon, takes place on October 11th. Perfect timing, literally, with a date over three months away. I knew I had found my race. The GO! St. Louis races are supposed to be the best in the area: fun, well-ran, and with a lot of participation. The cost is fairly reasonable for a 10k, a t-shirt and finishers medal are included in the price, and this race has a costume contest! It’s easy to get excited about this race, which makes this an even better goal to work towards. For more information visit their website.
Sometimes setting a goal can be a difficult thing to do. The best way I’ve found is to know exactly what you want to accomplish. I wanted to keep running and challenge myself, hence the 10k goal was born.