Monday, February 21, 2011

EricG's Running Tips #8 Goal Reassessment

This is a topic that has come to play a very important role in my life, personally as well as in my running.  Some may look at goal reassessment as a way to justify failure.  I think it's a way to turn an unsuccessful moment into one with a positive impact.  I certainly believe it is extremely important to learn from our mistakes that put us in reassessment territory.  I am also firmly committed to simultaneously creating a positive memory that we can look back on and feel good about.

I may not look happy, but I am. Finished!
Case in point, this past year at the Javelina Jundred my goal was a sub 24 hour finish.  I rode a roller coaster that day as I went from my original goal to perhaps a sub 22, to getting my ass kicked and lying on my back for several hours wondering if I could even get up again.  In the end I finished in well over 27 hours.  Perhaps an abysmal failure in the eyes of many but a great success in mine as I achieved my new goal of finishing.  I learned a great deal that day and I can honestly say I feel better about that experience than I do about any other when things went well and I achieved my original goal.  Most importantly I will always carry with me the memory that I did not quit.

These are the experiences that will help continue to motiviate you.  Never lose sight of your goals, and set ones that are difficult yet achievable.  If you need to reset a goal on the fly, do it and continue to move forward towards achievement, fulfillment and success.



  1. I'm with you on this one. Gotta know when something needs adjusting in your ego and your ambitions. To a better, more cooperative goal.

  2. I think real runners who have put the miles in are with you on this one. I especially agree with (needing the courage to) look at the mistakes that put you in reassessment territory. Admit that you did something wrong to get you there in the first place, something that can be righted, and your next performances will improve. The stats we put up when running aren't what make us greater, it's the personal growth that comes from something like realizing the need to reasses and doing it with an eye to a more successful future.

  3. Eric, I'm convinced its the most difficult, challenging, gut wrenching efforts that are the most rewarding. Thanks for sharing you experience.

  4. Great blog, Eric. I'm also doing the NJ 50 miler and found your blog that way. Look forward to seeing you there!

  5. Thanks for all the positive feedback.

    Marcus, See you in NJ.


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