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10 miles to go and 5 goals for race day

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  February 26, 2013 07:00 AM

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As you all know, I'm a list gal. Making a list helps me wrap my head around what needs to be done, and make sense of the chaos that is sometimes my life.

It is also the easiest way to calm my nerves: When I break things down into list form, they somehow seem less intimidating.

So, since I am quite nervous about running the longest-distance race I've done since my half marathon last year, I thought I'd lay out my goals. Feel free to suggest ones to add or remove from my list. The race is Saturday, so I have a few days to really turn these goals over in my head a few times ...

5. Focus on how far I've come, not how far I still have to go. This goal is a play on a song on the playlist I put together for this race. "It's not about what you've done, It's about what you doing, It's all about where you going, No matter where you've been..."
4. Run like no one's watching. During races I have a tendency to look around and think about how I am not going as fast as someone else, or wonder how another runner is feeling. This race I don't want to think any of that. This one is just for me. The only person I have to beat is myself.
3. Remember that every race is another step toward my #1000mile goal. Doesn't matter if they are graceful strides or if they resemble elephants stomping, they all add up. And they all help me get stronger.
2. Have fun. This goal is always in my top five, because what good is putting so much effort to something if you don't enjoy it? Running is work, sure, but in my opinion, it should also be something I look forward to. I'm the kind of gal who will jump in the puddles harder if it's raining instead of complain. So yes, I know this race will be hard on my body, but I am also looking forward to a few laughs with friends of mine who are also running.
1. Just don't stop. This looks familiar, doesn't it, my dear frequent blog readers? This is always my number one goal. Just. Don't. Stop. My time doesn't matter to me that much, because, it is all relative, isn't it? A year ago I couldn't run a mile without wanting to die. Now, I feel weird if I don't run at least a few miles a day.

What are your personal fitness goals right now?

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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