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Just when I reset my goals for my run around Australia challenge, life gets in the way. This week I managed to only get 2 runs in for a total of 13 km. Unfortunately, I was doing a lot of travelling, with long days and found it very difficult to fit a run in. I did have to focus on the purpose of the travel

On the bright side, now that I have gotten my maps up to date again I am happy to say that I have managed to make it to Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. This is my first geographical milestone since I have started running again and it feels great to see my progress appearing before my eyes as I map my run.

So when life gets in the way and you miss a goal I believe that it is important to aknowledge and then move on. After all it does me no good to worry and fret all day. It is better to put your head down, bum up and just get into it. After all it is doing it that creates progress and the more I do it the more progress I make.

End of Week 242:- 13.0 km / 8.0 miles
Total to Date:-  1,757.3 km / 1091.9 miles

So just a short update this week,

Steven

P.S. Make sure you follow my progress on my run around Australia challenge.

Time to Achieve Your Goals

So I am off and running again and to achieve your goals, it is time to get serious. First off, it is time to start setting some long term goals.

There is no doubt that my run around Australia challenge is all about running all the way around Australia so that is my main goal. However given that it is a very long term goal, con I come up with something that is a bit closer but still a good stretch? Well after a bit of thinking I have decided to set the next long term sub-goal as completing the east coast.

What this means is that once I make Brisbane the next goal (or Stage 4 of my run) is to run to Townsville before heading west and starting my run along the Northern coast of Australia. Now according to the maps that is 1,357 km or 843 miles which is a good 12 months of running at my current pace. So once I reach Brisbane that would be the next logical step.

That brings me to my 90 Day goals… Well there are basically 2, the first is to reach the New South Wales / Queensland boarder and the second is to finally complete Stage 3 by running into Brisbane.

My short term goals are to complete 3 runs per week travelling a minimum of 18km and slowly build it up to a minimum of 24 km per week. To do this while protecting my body as best as I can so that I can be consistent (being the turtle) rather than flashy (the hare).

If I can do this then it will give me the best chance to not only reach Brisbane but Townsville and more.

So to sum up…

My Goals

Long Term Goals

  • Run around Australia visiting each State and Territory in Australia and every capital city. Current progress is 2 of 6 states (Victoria and South Australia), 1 of 2 Territories (Australian Capital Territory) and 2 of 8 Capital cities (Canberra and Sydney)
  • Complete the East coast of Australia Running from Warragul to Townsville.

90 Day Goals

  • Reach the New South Wales / Queensland boarder.
  • Complete Stage 3 by running into Brisbane

Short Term Goals

  • To complete 3 runs per week travelling a minimum of 18km
  • To build it up to a minimum of 24km over time.

This week 3 runs for a total of 19.8 so by the end of the week

End of Week 241:- 19.8 km / 12.3 miles
Total to Date:-  1,744.3 km / 1083.9 miles

It feels great to be running again,

Steven

P.S. So time to ramp it up a bit more, get serious and achieve your goals.

So if I am going to start achieving goals, then I will need to ramp up my goal setting. The good news is that I have managed to survive the first run. So where to from here?

Well the obvious answer is to start to ramp it up a little and try 2 runs this week. Basically I do not want to get too carried away at this point as I am still testing out the lower back. This is a distance or a long term challenge. So the last thing I want is to have problems and have to stop before I have even started.

Still too early to get too carried away with the long term goals. Even setting a 90 Day goal is a bit premature. So this week I will stick with my next short term goal…

My Goals

Short Term Goals

To continue to test my lower back with 2 runs this week. This week the aim is to do another 7 km run and a second of at least 5 km.

I continued on the treadmill and played around with increasing the speed of my running. I also like the treadmill because it has different programs that you can select that can vary the speed and incline as you run. This gives me some variety and helps pass the time. I really prefer the program that changes the incline every 3 minutes and simulates running up and down hills. I find this variation helps build my fitness levels quicker as I have to work harder to get up an incline.

Well I did manage to get my 2 runs in and managed to do 7km both times. I can still feel it as I ran. Still the best news is that my lower back was holding up well.

End of Week 240:- 14.0 km / 8.6 miles
Total to Date:- 1,724.5 km / 1071.6 miles

Another successful week …

It feels great to be running again,

Steven

P.S. So time to ramp it up a bit more, keep setting goals, and start achieving goals.

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