Following on from yesterday's discussions on the daily thread, I was thinking about if runners set realistic targets, with a plan to get there.
I have a set of dream targets which, if achieved will have given me everything I want from running. But as they are very challenging for my age and ability, I have doubts that I'll achieve them without winning the lottery (which I don't do) and being able to train full time.
I also have a set of targets which I think would be a solid set of achievements and which I think are realistic goals over the next 3 or 4 years.
However, a thought occured this morning...
What if I was told that I would never run a pb again at any distance? That's your lot mate - any more training you do will see you stay the same or slide gradually backwards. What then?
We have a vet at our club with a good set of pbs (33:15 10k, 74 min HM, 2:37 marathon) who after doing that marathon time said `that's it - I'm never running another marathon as I won't get any better than that'.
One option would be to choose a different type of running - entering a few ultras.
Another option would be to target a series of races where county medals are on offer (such as the county XC league or road league).
I couldn't stop running as I enjoy the feeling it gives me and the camaraderie of the sport.
What I'm trying to get at here, is how much people are motivated by the outcome, and how much by the process. I guess at the moment I'm weighted 70/30 towards outcomes, but gradually the process becomes more important.