Today’s post is brought to you by Deb at Debruns.com. Deb hosts a linkup called Wednesday Word in which she provides a writing prompt. Today’s word: accountable.
Accountability has been so important in my fitness and health. In running, I’ve found the best way to hold myself accountable is to:
- Set (realistic) goals.
- Tell someone (or several people) about those goals.
- Set smaller goals to help reach a bigger one.
- Constantly check in with the progress and adjust as necessary.
More importantly, it helps to have a running partner or group to run with regularly. I ran by myself at dark o’thirty a LOT, and it’s so much more fun and enjoyable running with people. Plus, if I was tired, sick, cranky, (fill in the blank), I wouldn’t go. Or if it was too cold, too hot, too windy, raining, snowing, or if the stars weren’t aligned correctly (fill in the blank), it was easy to talk myself out of a run. Now that I know people will be there to meet me, I go. No excuses.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I ran 2,015 miles last year. That was an enormous goal for me, having never run more than 600 miles in a single year. It helped having a few friends also doing the same mileage challenge. We all checked in and posted our progress along the way. It helped posting my progress regularly on FB. Around the time a mileage stone would be approaching, I had friends asking, “When are you going to get X miles?” I would check in on my progress and set a smaller goal to hit it by a certain date.
And then, I did it!
Hope that you are not only setting some new goals for 2016 and but staying accountable to ensure that you reach them!
How do you hold yourself accountable?