So, I just set a goal.
A very audacious goal.
I’m running 10 half marathons during the 2015-2016 school year; one each month.
Each one will be dedicated to a pair of my students.
My relationship with running has recently evolved. While running used to be my escape, it is now my me time. When I lace up and hit the trail, I’m given the opportunity to build my awareness. I grow mindful of my breath, of my surroundings, of all that I have to be grateful for. I’m amazed at how this relationship has changed and how movement can be so meditative.
Goals are meant to challenge you. For me, personally, the distance of a half marathon will allow me to both mentally and physically challenge myself. By no means is the plan to PR each and every race. In fact, most races will not be ran at race pace. While I’m destined to gain at least 1 PR from this (since I’ve never ran one before…automatic PR woohoo!), my ultimate goal is to focus on my breath, soak up my surroundings and smile at the opportunity on the paved paths ahead. And, yes, I’ve heard…races are expensive. But, not with proper budgeting! Rather than placing extra money in my “spending money” category for movies, dinners and drinks, some of that cash will be dedicated to the newly installed “race” category. While I focus on leading a life with a balanced body and mind, balanced finances are important too. It’s a win-win in my eyes when my money goes to investing in that balance.
Goal setting and mindfulness is a major part of the curriculum I teach in my classroom. I’m excited to share my journey with my students, to provide them with an example of goal setting, perseverance and healthful living.
Here’s a list of Halves I am committed to:
August 23: Hotlanta Half Marathon (signed up!)
September 19: Race 13.1 Raleigh Fall Half Marathon