I think it’s really important to set goals for yourself. Goals, according to my teaching program, should be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. With those characteristics in mind, I’ve taken the step of a setting a goal for myself: no more marathons in 2011.
So far, I think I’m doing a fine job of sticking to my goal. I haven’t run farther than 8 miles in months so I feel like I’m really setting myself up for success. Sometimes marathons will just sneak up on you, of course, but I think that maintaining a fitness level low enough that I couldn’t run a marathon if I wanted to will help me avoid that common pitfall.
I do have another, companion goal to this one: run the Napa Valley Marathon in 2012. To that end, I’ve made a running schedule for the rest of the year and these days I do my runs with specific time & distance goals in mind.
I hope to post from time to time about marathon preparation and training. This will most likely be my last running event until after the Peace Corps so I want to give it my all and get my time into the 4:00 range.
The first post will be a mini-review of my experience with barefoot running. I tried the Merrell Pace Gloves this week. Here’s a sneak peak of the review: I’m returning the shoes to REI tomorrow.
On a completely unrelated note, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this famous quote from Soren Kierkegaard: “Purity of heart is to will one thing.” (I plan to write a blog about that idea soon). I was thinking about it particularly in light of a mid-week visit from some representatives of the Bruderhof. I will write a post about that visit early next week — it was nostalgic, inspiring, challenging, heart-warming and thought-provoking, as well as a lot of fun.
I was reading Aldous Huxley’s The Perennial Philosophy today and I came across a quote that reminded me of Kierkegaard’s comment. The quote is from Kabir, a poet-saint who, according to Huxley, is “claimed as a coreligionist by both Moslems and Hindus.” Kabir said:
“Behold but One in all things; it is the second that leads you astray.”
What do you think he means? What do you think Kierkegaard means? I’m certainly still trying to figure it out. Maybe I’ll think about it during my run tomorrow…