She Runs and Writes: Find Your Goal


By: Dawn Garland

Take one minute to stop and think about this question.  How many times have you said "I'm tired" this week?  How many times have you heard others say that exact same phrase?  When you start to think about it, it adds up, doesn't it?  Studies have shown that about 40% of Americans aren't getting enough sleep.  And women aged 18-44 are twice as likely as men to experience feelings of extreme tiredness or exhaustion.  

Where am I going with this you're probably wondering.  If you're looking for someone to hold your hand and say I'm sorry, you've come to the wrong blog.  Because guess what, buttercup?  We're all tired.  For the most part, any person in your sphere who is working/parenting/existing in this country today is tired.  So what is there to be done?  

Well- How about we re-focus that statement?  Instead of being tired, let's narrow that down.  How about "I'm tired of..."  Now, it's going to be up to you to complete that "...".  And let me be clear that a generic statement is not acceptable.  "I'm tired of being fat."  Nope.  That's like someone asking you "What do you want to eat?" and your response is "Food".  That doesn't help anyone.  But what if you said "I'm tired of not being able to run a 5K." or "I'm tired of not being able to lift anything heavier than 30 pounds" or even "I'm tired of not being able to kick the soccer ball around the yard with my kids."  When you are specific, it makes goals that much more attainable.  If you were running a race and there was no finish line, how would you know when you were done?  You wouldn't.  You need a specific end point.  

So what are you tired of?  What leaps to the forefront of your mind?  It can be more than one thing.  Think about the thing that you want to tackle.  To conquer.  The thing that you don't want to be tired of anymore.  This is your challenge from me.  Find your goal.  Write it down.  Look at it daily.  And then go backwards to figure out how to get there.  Ask for help if you need to.  Get an expert opinion.  Use Google.  Do what you need to do and put that thing that you're tired of in your rearview mirror.  And then move on to the next thing that you want to stop being tired of.  

Sadly, I will not be running the Marigold 10K this coming Saturday because the coolest 8 year old on earth (aka my son) will be in a baseball competition in Gwinnett County at the same time.  I will miss running it because it is a blissfully flat route.  I encourage anyone in the Athens area to run it if you have the chance in the future.  So, I'll be looking for a June 10K to make up for it and tune up for the Peachtree.  You guys let me know what you're training for and good luck!  Until next time, run on...

Dawn Garland is a native of Tampa, FL. She reads, she writes, she knits and does not believe that any college football conference can live up to the SEC. Dawn works at the University of Georgia as an analyst/consultant and her biggest accomplishment in life so far is the walking, talking sports almanac that is her eight year old son.