To all of my athletes, this post is for you: Last night while sitting on top of Malans Peak, my friend @schwabs was telling me about this concept of choosing desired feelings as goals and working backwards to identify tasks or steps to achieve the feeling as opposed to choosing tasks as goals. She gave me a list two pages long of words that describe a feeling, and I’m supposed to narrow it down to three of those words to start. I haven’t started yet. But it got me thinking - when I set a goal to complete “X” running-oriented task (be it a specific time, distance, race etc), what I’m really searching for is a desired feeling and hope I experience it once that task has been completed. I got thinking last night. Sometimes the finish line is just a grand finale to celebrate a feeling I had actually experienced somewhere in the process of completing the task. Sometimes it’s in the training. Sometimes it’s in the failure of completion. But it was timely for me to recognize this before I toe the start line of Big Horn next weekend. I haven’t narrowed down my desired goal feelings yet but if a picture can describe one of them - this is exactly it. I definitely haven’t needed a finish line to experience it. PC: @flyaltenes @sarcasminspandex sarcasminspandex Kenzie Barlow

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  • To all of my athletes, this post is for you: Last night while sitting on top of Malans Peak, my friend @schwabs was telling me about this concept of choosing desired feelings as goals and working backwards to identify tasks or steps to achieve the feeling as opposed to choosing tasks as goals. She gave me a list two pages long of words that describe a feeling, and I’m supposed to narrow it down to three of those words to start. I haven’t started yet. But it got me thinking - when I set a goal to complete “X” running-oriented task (be it a specific time, distance, race etc), what I’m really searching for is a desired feeling and hope I experience it once that task has been completed. I got thinking last night. Sometimes the finish line is just a grand finale to celebrate a feeling I had actually experienced somewhere in the process of completing the task. Sometimes it’s in the training. Sometimes it’s in the failure of completion. But it was timely for me to recognize this before I toe the start line of Big Horn next weekend. I haven’t narrowed down my desired goal feelings yet but if a picture can describe one of them - this is exactly it. I definitely haven’t needed a finish line to experience it. PC: @flyaltenes

    To all of my athletes, this post is for you:
    Last night while sitting on top of Malans Peak, my friend @schwabs was telling me about this concept of choosing desired feelings as goals and working backwards to identify tasks or steps to achieve the feeling as opposed to choosing tasks as goals. She gave me a list two pages long of words that describe a feeling, and I’m supposed to narrow it down to three of those words to start. I haven’t started yet. But it got me thinking - when I set a goal to complete “X” running-oriented task (be it a specific time, distance, race etc), what I’m really searching for is a desired feeling and hope I experience it once that task has been completed. I got thinking last night. Sometimes the finish line is just a grand finale to celebrate a feeling I had actually experienced somewhere in the process of completing the task. Sometimes it’s in the training. Sometimes it’s in the failure of completion. But it was timely for me to recognize this before I toe the start line of Big Horn next weekend. I haven’t narrowed down my desired goal feelings yet but if a picture can describe one of them - this is exactly it. I definitely haven’t needed a finish line to experience it.
    PC: @flyaltenes

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emmaaaa_marie - Emily Seibert 2 weeks ago

I love crushing my expectations of my abilities (I usually think I can't do something or even close to it)... Thanks for sharing coach! Best of luck at Big Horn!!

trimir4 - Mir 2 weeks ago

Feelings is my middle name! 😉 Looking forward to reading what you choose!