Almost all runners have some sort of goal. Whether it’s to run a mile without walking, finish their first 5k, or qualify for the Boston Marathon, all goals are important. Goals help to keep us motivated with our training and strive for new levels of fitness. I have plenty of goals for my running. There are long-term, short-term, big goals, and smaller goals. Some of my goals are about running certain times, finishing certain races, but mostly just about having a good time. What’s the point of running if you don’t enjoy it, anyways?
I first started running when I was in second grade. There was a track program that was offered in the summer that I wanted to do. I don’t remember much from it besides trying different field events and running the 100m dash. It took me a little longer to realize that I was a distance runner and not a sprinter. However, I loved running right from the beginning. I was a competitive little kid and I had a natural talent for the sport. I loved the feeling of accomplishment, the runner’s high, and the people I met. Some of my best friends I’ve made through running. Plus, when I was little I loved any prize I won – no matter how small. Ok, I still really enjoy prizes. 🙂
As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve come to love running even more – it’s my passion. It helps me clear my mind and makes me happy on a stressful day. I can leave in a grump about something and come back smiling and laughing.
When I look into the future about what I want to accomplish with my running, many things come to mind. My ultimate goal, though, is to still love running when I’m older. I don’t ever want my passion or drive for the sport to go away. I want to try new races, have fun experiences, and still love it when I’m older. I want to win the age group prize for the 70-80 year olds – not necessarily because I am running fast, but because I am the only one in my age group. Running PR’s and winning prizes can be really fun, but that’s not what I’m going to look back on and feel proud of when I’m older. The joy I get out of running is the ultimate prize. What’s your ultimate running goal?