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I recently attended a workshop that discussed the turn of the new year and the mindset we should have to approaching it
We all seem to understand the term goal setting, some of the more common New Year Resolutions being:
"I want to lose weight"
" I want to travel more in 2019"
"I MUST find love in 2019"
Those are all wonderful ...but are the goals more so of a reflection?....WHY..Why do we set goals? Of course they give us a sense of purpose and are ways to make us do things..but isn't the objective of the goal to create the sense of success? We set a goal to achieve something....but once we have it? then what? ARE we truly happy?
One enlightenment...or that "ah-ha" moment I received was that it's not the goal we should be focused on...it's the idea BEHIND the goal, the why...
How will achieving that goal MAKE..US...FEEL? AND! if we like that feeling why not think of MORE things that ALSO achieve that same feeling?
SO instead of focusing SO much on the goal why not take a step back and focus on certain categories in our lives and how we want to feel within them?
STEP 1- RE-DECONSTRUCT OUT MINDSET
Let's go back to that first goal, one of the most common we see in the new year :
"I want to get healthier"...Ok So one step back, "Why do you want to get healthier?"
"Well if i was a little bit lighter I could run faster, it would be easier to move quicker"..
So, "how would running faster make you feel?" ...Stronger....Faster...uncatchable, happy, like a unicorn.
STEP 2- OUTCOME VS GOAL
Ah-ha, SO instead of putting so much emphasis on the work, look at the outcome first...
I Want to feel STRONG
I want to feel HAPPY
STEP 3- HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL
...Next, ask yourself "what do you do that makes you FEEL that way?"
- Running, Lifting, Sprinting, riding my bike, swimming (well sort of haaha)
For health and wellness my focus word is Strong/Happy and I know for next year I can now set SPECIFIC goals around those activities that will end up giving me the satisfaction of strength and happiness. This is MUCH MORE personable than "getting healthier" or "losing 5lbs of fat". By having the specific goal that will in turn GIVE me the feelings I want, the outcome of losing 5lbs, or being healthier should come as a byproduct of what will make me feel great.
Specific goals to focus on then?
Placing Top 3 Age Group at both local sprint tri's
Setting a New PR at my 70.3
AND Qualifying for Boston 2020 are all goals that will make me feel like that mythical unicorn
Those goals were easily discovered but, not all are that quickly defined.
As we covered the remaining categories that outlined my home life, finances, work, and spirituality I discovered some buzz words I'd never used before:
Successful, Respect, Relaxed, Peace, and Free
My next step is to create goals under each word that will help me achieve all these feelings within their categories.
My challenge for you is to think emotionally first instead of physically. How can you express yourself at your fullest next year by setting goals in place to create the best situation for yourself, physically, mentally, and spiritually?
Thanks for reading!
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Our body is a master at compensating, it always chooses the easiest way out. When our feet don't move like they're supposed to our other muscles pick up the slack, hence the reason for tight ankles, sore backs, and caved knees. By giving the feet the attention they need we improve range of motion to our other limbs as wells sensory mechanics, and strength (you're only as strong as your foundation).
Strive to add barefoot play into your movement practice, whether it be walking in the sand, running through the grass, or walking around your house....release the feet.
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Members practice their pulling drills against a fixed wall.
By pulling your feet under your body we shorten our stride and prevent heel striking, thus eliminating heel striking and tons of impact.
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When I first joined the Vent as a staff member we discussed goals/passion projects we had for ourselves. Mine was to write a book and create a community combining strength and conditioning for runners. As I chased that dream I picked up knowledge, confidence, a community and had lots of support along the way. Last night that goal was achieved with the first Vent Run Experience class. It was a GREAT class and am super thankful for all the familiar faces that were in class.
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VRE Member Highlight: @jghoulia .
* 22 minute marathon PR
* 0 Pain while running
Julia came to me wanting to increase her speed as well as diminish her pain while running. Along with a form analysis and a training plan we met monthly to check in on her training and ensure proper running mechanics. She logged every workout on her calendar and her training was on point!
She had a great race and I'm so proud of her, great job Julia!
Do you spend most of your day sitting?
Do you have full expression of hip flexion and rotation?
Do your hips hurt before/after you run?
"Fortunately, squeezing in a few 60-second increments of stretching throughout the day can give you the same benefits as devoting one larger chunk of time to mobility, says Kelly Starrett, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard and creator of MobilityWOD.com."
Follow along with The Vent coaches and spend 2 minutes, per leg, in pigeon pose.
To have the most efficient foot strike we must pull from the ground every time we run. To understand this movement pattern you can practice with a jump rope. (I love the RX Smart Gear ropes)
Step 1: Begin by starting with single jumps
Step 2: Continue jumping with only leg pulling from the ground at a time
Step 3: Make sure your feet are pulling straight off the ground, through the inseam. You can think foot to beside the knee
Step 4: Kiss your heels with the ground every time
Step 5: After a few rotations, release the jump rope and continue this form, running out from the jump rope.
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