Feedback – what’s next?
|May 15, 2013||Posted by Carrie under FitFluential, Running|
When you have a paid job outside your home, you have a regular source of feedback. Are you doing a good job? Bad job? What can be improved? You interact with customers/clients/coworkers/bosses and can usually have an idea of how things are going.
As a stay-at-home mom for so many years, I consistently felt unsure about my ‘performance’. I mean, we don’t really know how our final product will turn out for many many more years, right? It’s like R&D on a new satellite – 20 years in the making. We see glimpses of how things are going, but are we really doing a good job?
I was thinking about the feedback I get from my workouts – from running in particular. There’s always room for growth and there’s always the knowledge of how things are going. I know that each week I can add a mile or so to my runs because I’m getting stronger and I know I can do it. I know that if I continue to do speedwork, I’ll get faster as my body will learn to run faster, etc. etc.
Is this part of why so many moms take up running?
Or maybe for parents and non-parents, too, it’s a way to challenge yourself and to just compete against yourself? You set the rules, you set the goals and you go out and get it done. No boss to tell you how things should go. No customers to satisfy. It’s just you against you.
I was thinking about this when reading somewhere recently about the business of races. How race entry fees are going up and more and more people are still signing up. What is it about setting goals to run long distances that keeps us coming back for more?
Being a ‘newbie’ ish to running, I’m also wondering why people pick up running later in life. I NEVER ran as a kid. HATED it. Only started to drink the Kool-aid a few years ago. And why? Was it because I saw a way to challenge myself? To have something for me? To know that I was getting better at something without having to wait for someone to tell me that I was getting better?
So this post is full of questions – I don’t have the answers. Just something I’ve been thinking about. Right now Under Armor is sponsoring a challenge to inspire people to define their own personal beauty. What I’m struggling with right now is the setting of the actual goals. I’m in a good place right now. I’m working out consistently, eating healthy without being overly restrictive and definitely enjoying indulgent opportunities when they arise. But, it brings me to ‘what’s next?’
What are my goals? I don’t know. I joined the UA campaign and my fellow blogger Linsday’s team about Getting Strong and challenged myself to continue my strength training 3x a week. But, that’s something I’m already doing. It still doesn’t give me my ‘what’s next?’
My other blogger friend Rachelle has a challenged herself to a sub 1:48 half marathon as well as an amazing 60 mile trail bike ride. My Fitbloggin friend Melissa’s team challenge is to Run Life, not to let it run you. Jill’s team is all about Endurance. I highly recommend signing up for the UA challenges – super motivational – come follow me – click this link (you’ll get a preview of my what’s next).
Once I got in to the Under Armour website and saw all the challenges posted, I’m rather inspired to figure out my “What’s next.”