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12 Weeks in a Year?

I started writing this post about goals several months ago, right after my first trail race. I’ll be running my third this weekend (a 20K) and I can’t wait!

First Race

I thought I’d be way more nervous than I was. Going to bed Friday night, I was mad at myself. I had cut my left big toenail shorter than I intended to, thinking it was ingrown (again!) and it was sore. I was more concerned about that hurting during the race than the race itself. Insert eye roll here. Turns out I forgot about the toenail once I was at the park and didn’t think about it again until just now. Go figure.

The 12 Week Year

In December, I read The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington and it made perfect sense to me. I’d been making yearly goals and not making them specific enough. (My SMART goals weren’t so smart.) I sat with a legal pad and narrowed down several goals to three. One of those three was running a 10K trail race. I’ve been reading about trail running and dreaming of trail racing for at least a year now. But I had done nothing about it. I had excuse after excuse after excuse:  There are not many local trails to train on. I don’t have trail shoes. What if it’s not safe? I have to drive to get to local trails and gas is expensive. It’s easier to just head out of my door and run the neighborhood.

How It Works

The 12 Week Year plan divides your year into 12 week segments. You make goals for 12 weeks only, take a week break, and then start the “year” over. Key aspects of planning your 12 weeks include specific things you’ll do weekly to reach those goals. Very specific things. Here’s my 10K list:

  1. Register for a 10K trail run – week 1
  2. Meal plan on Sunday night – weekly
  3. One trail run – weekly
  4. Weights – Strong Lifts 5X5 workout 3 days a week – weekly
  5. Schedule all other runs and spin classes (I use Peloton) on Sunday night – weekly

I created a simple checkmark system to mark off each item as it was done weekly.

Reward Yourself

Finally, decide on a reward that you’ll get if you reach that goal. For me, it was a pair of trail shoes. Which I discovered after running in the mud that I really needed if this was something I was going to continue doing.

Why Planning Works

The day before the race, the weather changed drastically. I honestly think that if I hadn’t planned for this goal like I did, I might not have shown up for the race. Y’all, it was sleeting at the start line!  Because I had planned, I showed up. I was hooked!

Ignore the crazy look on my face!

Goal Met!

The nervousness that I thought I’d feel the night before the race was replaced with, “Wow – I get to get up in the morning and run in the woods! How cool is that?”

And that statement to me is the power of setting short term goals, planning specifically and being prepared to reach them.

Your Turn

What goals have you been dreaming of achieving and how do you think narrowing them down to smaller, specific steps might help you?

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