Run Around Australia

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.

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