DO WE REALLY NEED GOALS?

Everyone wants to achieve something in life. For most people, the journey begins by setting a specific, challenging, achievable goal.

Some time ago I set my goal to finish half marathon run. Exactly how the goal supposed to be my goal was to be challenging, measurable, motivating, realistic and exciting. I did not forget to visualize the achievement of the goal, I saw myself crossing the finish line and felt the right excitement, joy, and satisfaction from completing the race.

 I chose the proper training process to achieve a reasonable 2 hours for me to run the half marathon. I found and studied information about what I need to complete the run, I divided my training into weekly sections, running, fitness and strength training sessions as well as days and ways to relax and unwind. So I went on a training trip to a half marathon race. I’ve enjoyed whole training time and then the day D came and I was standing at the start of the race. The whole race, 21 kilometers was amazing. I ran relaxed and enjoyed every meter of the track. And then.  After crossing the finish line and tearing the finish tape was … the end. Goal accomplished. The feeling of pride and satisfaction but very soon outweighed feelings like – What next? I realized that the great process to reach my dream was over and I had to find and set another, different goal. I had to revise my dreams again and choose another one.

 That was probably the most challenging part of the process. I realized that the goal itself was not really the most important thing. It actually served as a beacon to which I’ve been heading. I changed the word goal to the word destination. As a place to arrive and then I can go on. I realized that the path that leads to the destination is the most important and entertaining part of the process. It is the strategy that keeps conscious control of each step. Do you think that when you focus instead of goal rather on strategy, on the quality of your training, do you reach the goal? I think so. To me, it sounds like the goal says: „you’re not good enough. Once you’ll reach me you’ll be good and happy“. Kind distressing, isn’t it?

 Still, I don’t mean to say that the goals are useless. We know where we are going, where we want to arrive. By my experience as a coach and human, I‘m sure much more effective is to focus on the system. The process and every single step we bravely take towards the goal. And of course, because the present moment can change things during the process, our direction and goal may change. We can find that our preferences and expectations have changed on the way. For example, from the half marathon, the entire marathon is the goal. But the path we are going through continues every step forward. So think about the strategy, the process that accompanies us at every step of what we do. Aiming to what and who we want to be is crucial. That’s what I really enjoy. And remember. We’re always good enough.

Are your steps well planned? Let‘s go!

This article is prepared for you by:

Roman Lejčko

Life Coach and Personal Trainer. I help others on their way to a great physical and mental condition. Looking back over my life experiences I see the progress of human life is going through. Not always easy with lots of challenges. I’m here to guide you through challenges on your life path down to joyful life. Some more info about me.

Prague Half Marathon Part II

51 Days to go!

The best way that I have to test if I am ready for a marathon is to actually run the half marathon. I figured this out by reading a great book about running written by Murakami – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

I know, I know it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out by yourself but I must admit that Murakami’s book is one of the best about running. Prague’s half marathon is fascinating for several reasons. One, is because it has been my first half marathon and secondly because the city is flat and allows for a nice steady fast race. The half marathon will allow you to see several parts of the city that I consider amazing. In chronological order if you decided to take up the run you will see the following spots:

Stating point – Namesti Jan Palach – This is right next to one of the most beautiful musics that one can imagine, The Rudolfinum. If you are in Prague for a couple of days I strongly advise you to go for a visit here. I have only seen something as spectacular in Palermo when at Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Continue reading Prague Half Marathon Part II

Half marathon Advice – Part I

7th April 2018 is an important date for me. It is going to be the date on which I will (fingers crossed!) be running the Prague Half Marathon.

Before then (25th March 2018) I will be running the Stramilano for the 3rd time. It is a race that I hold at heart. I enjoy the city and the race normally starts off the running season. Overall Half Marathons are my thing; it is where I get into the zone. I love the right balance between running fast and also a fairly long distance. Everything seems to fit together when I do a half marathon, both mentally and physically. Maybe because it does not require the same training as a full marathon, maybe because I am more built for shorter distances, but so far it all comes naturally. I have completed full marathons but these require proper full immersion training (and talent). I do not know what it requires to complete a good half marathon. One would say good training, loads of repetition runs (bring them on!!!!) but instead of the usual advices I would like to share my personal touch on half marathons. It might be that you have read it already somewhere else but this is mine and by all means don’t hesitate to let me know your comments!

1) Ask yourself why do you run. What motivates you – What are your core values, beliefs & objectives? At this moment I am reassessing everything. 2018 is my year for doing that. My objective is to understand once and for all which type of runner am I and to concentrate my efforts in improving. Continue reading Half marathon Advice – Part I

Running in cold weather

The purpose of this post is not to convince you to go out and run 20km in this cold weather. Probably those who like already do it and those who don’t…wait until the better season. The idea here is to bring to you more awareness to certain benefits of running in certain weather conditions.

When recently crossing the finish point of Tenerife’s marathon I came to the conclusion that I had lost my initial motivation for running. Too much running had exhausted me having completed 3 marathons and two half marathons in one year which had left me totally empty inside. So about a month ago I started to ask myself what do I still enjoy now about running? I was in Prague asking myself this question actually while running at -5c with tons of snow falling around me. The answer came instantly. I understood how much I love running in cold weather (reasonable cold weather at least! I am not that masochist yet). It might sound crazy but Naplavka is my place for a nice cold run in these days. Continue reading Running in cold weather