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So far I am extremly pleased with the great start i have made towards reaching my goals of running around Australia. While I was on holidays I managed to get a run or walk in every day and this has helped me achieve an average of 48.5km / 30.2 miles a week. This is almost double the target average of 26 km / 16.1 miles per week required to achieve the goal of 13,500 km in 520 weeks.

So why am I doing this? Well back in September 2007 I discovered a powerful secret to reaching my goals. Now I have been setting goals and following all the advice for many years now and while it has resulted in some significant achievements, the goals have always come when they were ready and not necessarily when I wanted them. I prefer to be more proactive than that. While this secret will not guarantee that I will reach all my goals, it has definitely contributed to me reaching or getting closer to the goals that I set in September 2007.

But first we must start with the basics of goal setting. Decide what you want and write it down.

Next put a time frame on each goal, prioritize the list and you have a great starting point. If all you do is this you are ahead of most people and on your way to reaching your goals.

In effect this is what I did in September 2007 and from this list I got a blank book and at the top of the left hand page wrote down one goal and left the rest of the page and the right hand page blank. Turned the page and wrote the next goal and so on until the book contained all of my goals.

As you look through your goal book and review each goal, the idea was to use the blank section to add photos, write comments, break it down into smaller goals, etc. Instead of doing this (I have a number of dream charts with pictures, comments, etc. that I am not getting any closer to reaching), I came up with the idea of turning it into a diary. Where each day I would review the goal book and write a diary entry in it about what I had done to move closer to reaching that goal.

Of the five 30 day goals set in that goal book, 3 were achieved, 1 was 97% completed and the last was 75% completed. I was impressed. Was it the diary that made the difference?

I believe that the answer is more fundamental than that. And then it hit me… the secret to reaching your goals is accountability. The diary was just the tool that I used to hold myself accountable.

So this is where this blog comes in… Set a huge goal, use this blog as my goal diary and with the assistance of the world wide web to keep me accountable, reach this goal and many others along the way.

My Running Diary

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

The weather was great today so took the kids to the beach and went for a long walk along the beach in the water (didn’t meet the rule so did not count) so I was feeling a bit tired however I decided to go for a run around Inverlock. Starting to feel the effects of the constant effort so only managed 6.0km (3.7 miles),

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

As I felt better today managed to get a run in 6.8km (4.2 miles)

Thursday, 10 January 2008

A short run around Inverlock 4.6km (2.8 miles). Despite only a short run I really hit the wall today. I really struggled and it took a lot of self talk just to get going. At the end of the day I was just happy to have the discipline to get a run in than the distance achieved. I guess it was just a matter of any progress no matter how small was better than no progress.

Friday, 11 January 2008

Feeling much better today so managed to get a run in 6.8km (4.2 miles)

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Still feeling great so managed an extended run of 9.4km (5.8 miles). I was extremely impressed when I measured this distance as it is further than I have ever run in one go and importantly I still felt good at the end. It is interesting that it was only 2 days ago when I hit the wall. I believe the discipline of doing something played an important part in achieving this new milestone.

Monday, 14 January 2008

A run around the walking track 7.7km (4.8 miles).

Week 2 (46.9 km / 52.3 miles) Total to Date 97.1 km / 60.3 miles

So have a Great week, Set some impossible goals and Go for it… Who knows what you might achieve?

Steven

P.S. So why not start your own goal dirary to help you in reaching your goals.

My Around Australia Challenge… It All Begins With The First Step…

Welcome to the first post in my run around Australia challenge. Well here we are, Week 1, and there are lots of thoughts running around my head, so many that I thought it best to start listing them (in no particular order)

  • what have I done?
  • I need to get a head start
  • the shoes will need to be broken in
  • what are the rules
  • need to start breaking it down
  • need to be able to measure distance of each run
  • need to be able to show progress
  • Just get started

So with that last thought in mind… “What is the one thing that I can do today to move me closer to my goal?” While some planning is always a good thing to do before you start, the fact is that you do not need to know all the details, and sometimes a future step will only be revealed once you have achieved the current step. So lets start with the basics… “The Journey of 1,000 miles begins with the First Step“. So as long as I take it easy, measure the distance and record the result (Rule 1) then I can at least get started and work out the details as I go.

Week 1 (50.2 km / 31.2 miles)

Running Diary

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Time to put the new shoes on and hit the treadmill 6.7 km (4.2 miles). The new shoes are different to the old ones and because the heals have not been worn down yet they forced my feet to land differently (correctly?) resulting in using leg muscles differently. So pulled up a little sore in the knees and ankles but I think that it won’t take too long to adjust. Also there was a bit of slippage in the shoes which resulted in early signs of possible blisters.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

One way to add momentum to any goal is to combine it with another goal and give yourself more reasons to achieve them. My wife was very supportive of my goal when I told her and asked “If we go for a walk together (another of my goals is to spend quality time with my wife).does it count?”. Hmm… Good question… Given that the goal started with the shoes then As long as I am wearing the shoes it counts (Rule 2). So today we went for a walk around the walking track 6.7km (4.2 miles) Still pulled up a little sore but much better than yesterday.

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Another walk around the walking track, another 6.7km (4.2 miles). This time I pulled up feeling good… Progress!

Friday, 4 January 2008

Went for a run around the walking track with an extra lap around the lake 7.7km (4.8 miles). Pulled up feeling a little sore but wore thicker socks so no trouble with the blisters. This afternoon we headed off to Inverloch for our family holiday and my wife and I managed to get a small walk in there as well 4.4 km (2.7 miles). So a big day. Probably over did it a little and I could really feel it in the legs.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Normally, I would only get 2 to 4 runs / walks in a week, however, as I am on holidays I have a good chance to get a run / walk in every day and get good start to this goal. As I was still a bit sore from yesterday’s effort I decided to take it a bit easier today and only managed to get a small walk in 4.4 km (2.7 miles), pulled up feeling good.

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Feeling good so managed a run around Inverloch 6.8km (4.2 miles).

Monday, 7 January 2008

Still feeling good so managed another run around Inverloch 6.8km (4.2 miles).

The Rules

  1. If You Can’t Measure It, It Does Not Count.
  2. As long as I am wearing the shoes then both running and walking counts.

So there it is my first week and I ended up doing over 50km (31 miles). It was good to get a start and I surprised myself how well I went. So make sure you set big scary goals and go for it. You Can Reach Your Goals.

So have a Great week, Set some impossible goals and Go for it… Who knows what you might achieve?

Steven

P.S. My aim is to post a new article every week to keep you updated on my run Around Australia Challenge.

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