Why I Ran 100 miles: An argument for NOT making your goals about YOU.

Goals, both long and short term, are great to have – If accomplished, they help keep us on track and lead us to become better people overall. Dreams are fine too, but goals can actually get shit done.
So why do we so rarely accomplish our goals?

Some of us treat our goals like a crockpot: Set it and forget it. We neglect to work on the micro-goals that lead to the main one. We simply don’t put in the work. And then wonder why we are stuck.

Most us, though, we at least TRY. We have good intentions, a positive attitude, and we start on the journey to change, but we stop early or sabotage ourselves, almost every time.

What if we didn’t stop though? What if we accomplished every goal we set out for ourselves?
How though?

My recommendation: Make your goal BIGGER than you. Turn your goal into a positive thing for someone else other than yourself.

Pull someone else’s well being or happiness into your goal, and see what happens. Tag on a friend, an organization, a loved one, your family, onto the goal. Make your accomplishments into a benefit for them.

During the month of October, I ran 100 miles. That’s not a huge feat for a runner. But for someone who typically runs 3 miles a week at most during Run Club, it was a big change in routine and I sacrificed time, strength, and class workouts to do so.
In the wake of our former member, Brianna Allen, passing away too early, I decided to set myself a goal of 100 miles in order to raise $100 for her husband. (I encouraged the rest of the gym to also run, and we raised $800 in total with our miles! Great job, guys!)

I set the goal high and I actually stuck to it, because I wasn’t the only one who would be affected by my success or failure of my goal. Someone and something else was at stake.

If the charitable component wasn’t there, if I hadn’t thought about Brianna every single time I went out for a run, I would NOT have run 100 miles.

I had a bunch of times I felt like calling it quits – After I fell on Day 1 of the challenge and scraped up my knees and shoulder…or after I rolled my ankle during Week 3 and had to take 6 days off….or while on vacation in Florida after nights drinking…or on the days when I just didn’t feel like running… when had to go to the doctor for my tight calves…when I just wanted to walk back inside and lift a barbell instead.

I would have normally given up way earlier in the process.
Instead, I kept going. For her, not for me.

The next time you set yourself a goal, tag on another person or cause to the goal. Affect someone else, and see how it affects your own performance.

Chances are, you’ll accomplish something extraordinary.

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“Did that count? I didn’t do the right movement…”

Getting to do the same workouts as the “Fittest on Earth” is one of the primary reasons CrossFit has skyrocketed in popularity from being an underground ‘fight club’ workout scene, to a family-friendly fitness regimen.
Men, women, teens and older athletes are moving their bodies in the same ways to get fitter. Complete beginners can work out right next to experienced CrossFit veterans, and they all get something out of it.

When does that model become ineffective? When athletes of varying abilities, strengths, size and age assume that they SHOULD be doing the same exact workouts and the same intensity level (ie: using the “rx weights”) as the elite level athletes. And that anything less is a cop out. A failure. Or not the “real workout”.

And that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The true CrossFit model for a metcon is a workout that, when adjusted properly for every member, allows the entire class to finish within seconds of one another. This only happens when the movements are adjusted to match the abilities of each athlete, individually.

The “right” movements are the ones that are right FOR YOU. Not the ones that are right for that person in class who you always try to beat. Not for the person who has been doing CrossFit for 5 years longer than you.

The “right” movement for you is the one that:
– Is appropriate for your training level
– Is a weight that you can handle with good form, consistently
– Is a difficulty level that is manageable, but is pushing you toward the next level
– Does not cause pain
– Moves the right body parts in the right sequence to get the intended effect

The reason we only list 1 or 2 versions of the workout on the whiteboard, is it impossible to list every possible variation and scaling option. So we leave it up to and your coach to discuss and figure out YOUR best modifications, making the workout the most effective for YOU.

For some, it might be adding a weight vest to a run. For others, it might be performing Ring Rows instead of Pull-ups, or Hang Power Snatches instead of Squat Snatches.

The next time you look at a workout, think to yourself or ask your coach, “How can I make this workout get ME the best results?”

(And yes, that counted. You did the right movement. For you.)

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