August Goals: Why Goals? Submit your goal

This past weekend I attended a class and spent time with other people who all have the same goal to be certified as a running coach. It was an amazing experience to say the least. It was interesting to see all the diverse backgrounds in the room. When I got home, I thought about my goals and dreams and moved things around in my planner again. It reminded me of how important goals are in general. If you don’t have a goal, you will never move forward and life will always be the same. Are you content with the same? Or do you want to grab a hold of more? I’m rounding out my August goals – this is not a quick process for me but I do acknowledge that I am moving forward. It’s going to take a lot of work but I have the willingness, compassion and desire to move forward.

The reason to set GOALS:

Set goals as a way to move forward in life.

Come on, who wants to move backwards? You’ve already been there right? Many people move day to day and work their butts off with no personal achievement. They achieve what the boss wants but not what they want. It’s your life and you need to also achieve what you want!

When I started running, I made goals without even acknowledging that I was really making goals!

“I just want to make it to the finish line if my first 5k.”

“I want to run a 10k.”

“I want to have my 5k time under 35 minutes.” etc.

Again, goals are a way to move forwards. What’s next? What else am I capable of doing?

WARNING: At some point, you will feel like you can take on the world.

If you have never really thought of making a goal, try finding a quiet area and really thinking about what you want to do, who you want to be….. Think BIG picture.

You may also want to think of different areas of you life you want to set a goal in. Areas could include:

  • Fitness
  • Career
  • Financial
  • Personal behavior (Avoiding Negative Nancy and saying hello to Positive Pam!)
  • Family (to spend more time with them etc.)


Make sure it’s attainable and achievable.

I can’t be the best runner I can be if I don’t get out there and practice or if it’s not in my DNA. Running a 5:00/mile is not a realistic goal for me.

Make sure it’s specific but not too specific.

I want to own a purple Ferrari by August 15 2014 at 3 pm. (I have to admit, there are lots of unrealistic variables with this sentence!)

Celebrate achievements.

I helped Betsy switch to eating whole foods and every step of the way, she was rewarded for her efforts. This gave Betsy the encouragement and push she needed to achieve her goal of switching.

Break down your big goal to form smaller steps.

Look I have big dreams just like you but I have to break them down too! I can’t get to the big picture without working hard!

My August Goals:

First, take a look…when I write my goals it’s on an erasable board so each month I can start over. Also, I place it in my room so when I wake up, it’s the first thing I see. Awesome reminder!

August Goals

Running: Run 15-20 miles weekly (novice runner building base)

Career: Pass Exam, CPR & First Aid Certified, Write out business plan

Family: Be productive in working hours and present in the moment with my family (sometimes I think about working while I should be thinking about my ABCs!)

Yearly Goals: Coaching E-Course plus Community Training

Now here’s your turn!

FFR now has a spot to put in your goals! By writing them down you are giving yourself another form of commitment in addition, I’m your new support team. :) Some will be featured on Fit Foodie Runs but the most important part is that you are taking another step and moving forward with your goal. I wanted to share some in the hopes that it will inspire others as well!

Click here to submit  your goals or go here:


Tiffany Holmes:

  • Goal #1: To continue my 1/2 training through a two week vacation. 7 of those days are on a cruise ship with Canadian ports.
  • Goal #2: Finish the Hershey Half in October
  • Goal #3: Finish the Glass Slipper Challenge in February (10K on Saturday & Half Marathon on Sunday) in an upright position

Q: Tiffany what are your plans to help get you through the two week vacation? Is there any way to prepare yourself to avoid a two week slump? You can do this! I will check in with you to see how you are doing!

Katie Sullivan:

  • Goal#1: To finish my first 5k! Yipee!

Q: Katie, when is your 5k? I know you are going to rock it – you are already taking the steps forth which says you are a ROCKSTAR!

Question: What goals will you set forth this month?

*There’s still time to participate in the August goals monthly event. Each week will be something different – stay tuned!*






  1. Tina Muir says:

    Goals make a huge difference in our thinking and attitude towards training, I am a big believer! I am going to work with A, B, and C goals for Chicago, and I am hoping that this helps me to not obsess over running a time, but instead be happy with varying levels of my goal.
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