We are now almost eight weeks through the new year. Where are you with your goals and New Year resolutions? Coach Denny Kahne of Diz Runs Podcast recently asked his Facebook group that question. We talk about what they said what you can do now to get back on track if you are off track.
:50 We catch up on Diz’s podcast Diz Runs where he is almost at 700 episodes. He has been consistent for years now.
2:04 You posted an interesting column on goals. We are nearly two months into the year, do you find most of the runners you coach set new year’s goals? – Many do, many are working on goal races already coming into the new year. Many will have new years resolution goals on top of their next race goal.
3:55 All of us who belong to a gym see how the attendance has already died off for this year. You asked your Facebook group how their goals were coming, what was the answer? – We asked for feedback a week ago where people are at. Some people are on track, some are behind, some are just a little behind because of the polar vortex which devastated much of the country the last month.
5:55 What were the reasons people were behind? – Some were weather, some were little injuries and was surprised by the number of people who forgot what goals they had set seven weeks ago. How can you be successful if you forget what your goals even are?
7:24 Is this a reminder of you as a coach that you need to find ways to keep their goals in front of them better? – Yes some find a way to find a metric and measure it so they can keep it in front of them. One athlete created a wallpaper on phone with goals to remind her of what they are.
9:59 You have an athlete that forgot about their goals, what advice do you have for them going forward? – Depends on how big of a hole they have dug for themselves. Need to decide if still attainable. Do you need to tweak the goal, you don’t need to be married to it.
15:40 Do you like your clients to use big hairy audacious goals or do you like smaller more achievable goals? – I like a mixture of both. I love big goals, but you need wins along the way. You are not going to knock off 1:20 off your marathon time to qualify for Boston, but if you set that as your goal and set goals along the way.
17:54 How often do you work with your clients on breaking those goals down from a long term year go to month to week to what you need to be doing today? – Specificity is good, but not every day will be a win. We want to look at trend lines over a longer period of time moving things forward.
20:56 Someone is out on their run right now, and they realize they have forgot about their goals. They go ahead and look at them and evaluate, what advice do you have to stick with it this time? – Get a sticky note and put them where you can see them. Always be reminded of what those goals are. Put things in place that make it easier to get things done.