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What are you chasing?

On Saturday, April 21st, we all logged our one mile time trials.  Some of us had specific goals and other just needed to see where we were.  Either way - we had a ball.  Check out the before and after!

The Goals


If you're just showing up, it isn't enough.  That is true with most things in life.  Showing up is certainly the first step to something that you're chasing - getting the promotion, landing the gig, getting more fit.  But after that, if you really want it, you have to be intentional and specific about your desired outcome.  Otherwise, you'll find yourself continually showing up, but with nothing to show for it.

The chalk you grab at the beginning of class, TreadMighty, challenges, and even our 1 mile time trial we did last weekend all represent Fly Feet embracing a culture of accountability and specificity around our goals.  We never "arrive" at fitness - it's something we have to always chase.  We don't get better unless we know where we are and where we want to go.  Here is how we think about chasing the best version of ourselves:


Know where you are.

Like really specifically.  How many burpees can you do in a minute?  What's the heaviest KB you can swing for 15 reps?  Can you do a pistol squat?  On both sides?  How fast can you run a mile in?  {I don't care if you're "not a runner".  Running is one of the most functional movements we can perform and a nice benchmark for your fitness level.  //endrant} If you want to get better, you have to know where you are and be able to articulate it.


Set goals.

Duh.  Right but, can you articulate for me *right now* what your fitness goals are?  If they sound like "I want to get faster",  "I want to lose weight", "I want to get stronger", those aren't goals.  Those are wishes.  Be clear about what you want and commit to it.  Also, see the next tip.


Be specific.

Your goals have to be crazy specific.  I mean to the rep, the weight, the second.  I run a 6:39 mile.  I'm dying to run a 6:30.  For me, that is as much about mechanics and mobility as it is about shear endurance.  If I just said "I want to get faster"... what does that mean?  A faster half marathon?  A faster 2 minute all out sprint?  Specificity matters because it drives action to crush your goals. 


Have a plan.

To hit my goal of a 6:30 mile, I have to commit to all of the things that will get me there.  I have to have a plan.  For me, it's 15 minutes of mobility every night, focusing on mechanics and skill work to improve my gait and putting in the work to develop my speed.  It's also about what I say to myself in my head minutes 2:30 - 5:45.  My mental game is up and down.  I'm working on all of those things to shave the 9 seconds.  Why?  Because why not?  It keeps me motivated and focused on makin' da gainz.  So I'll hit 6:30 this summer and then it will be 6:15.  Or, I'll find another thing to chase.  


That's why we chalk it up every class, why we do TreadMighty every six weeks, and why we did the one mile time trial last week.  Those things can be scary.  But, our crew supports each other no matter where they are in their journey to chase fitness.  And in doing that, we all make the gainzzzz... 


All Hail the TreadMighty,