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I Could Never Do That

I’m so excited to introduce the awesomeness that is Allie from Vita – Train for Life. I love her no nonsense just do it approach to running and life. She’s the definition of NO EXCUSES!

Start Running? Run a Marathon? I Could Never Do That jillconyers.com #running #motivation #goals

As a fitness instructor, personal trainer and friend, I could never do that is a phrase I hear all too often.  Start running? Nope. Sign up for a race? OMG never. Run a marathon? Have you lost your mind? The problem is that no one seems to actually stop and think about what they’re saying, before they spit these words out and, of course, this can carry over into your life aspirations – not just running and racing goals.

Since 2015 is almost here, I thought I would use the pedestal Jill has so graciously given me on her space today to talk about overcoming self-doubt, and setting and attaining any goal you damn well please.

Here’s how:

1. You Have to WANT to Do It.
This seems like a no-brainer but, I can’t tell you how many times someone has said to me “oh I could never run a marathon” and when I respond with “well, do you want to?” they have to think about it. This is step one people. No one (I know) wakes up and runs a marathon. It’s a very deliberate, painstaking journey that is achieved over time (sometimes years!) and by choosing a training plan that is perfectly tailored for you.

If you decide, after careful consideration, that you really want to do something, nothing can stop you.

2. Don’t Be Scared
Almost anything new you’re trying to do or achieve is scary. If you’re dreaming big (the way you should be) it will scare the hell out of you. Ride that adrenaline! Use it as your fuel. What’s the alternative?

3. Think Like an Alcoholic
Not drink, think! I used to say this to my clients all.the.time. Think like a recovering alcoholic and take it one day at a time. It’s the very best mindset to be in. You need to have a very short-term memory. If you have a ‘bad’ day or skip a workout or something essential to your goal, pick it up again the next day. I would go so far as to say ‘live in the moment’ but let’s not get crazy.

4. Don’t Care Too Much
I know this sounds like a contradiction to the previous three points, but hear me out. It’s great to have very defined, attainable goals as long as they don’t take over your life. It’s easy to get tunnel vision and stop at nothing to achieve a dream, so try not to alienate everyone and everything else in the process. Kids still need to eat and sleep is also required.

5. Set Three Goals
This is your safety net. Life is messy and shit happens. This doesn’t mean you’re a failure if you don’t achieve your loftiest goal. I use this as a rule for myself when I’m racing and it works out very well.

  • Goal number one should always be what you think the bare minimum achievement is. In a race it may be to finish. That, in and of itself, is a great goal which some may never attain.
  • Goal two should be somewhat of a reach but attainable within your training structure. I usually set goal two in the event that the weather doesn’t cooperate or I have a nagging injury that may flare-up.
  • Goal three is the ultimate, reach for the stars, I am an unstoppable force, goal of such status you will smile in your sleep if you reach it.

Ever since I was a four year-old fledgling gymnast, my father has told me “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Dream it, believe it and just freakin’ do it!

Start Running? Run a Marathon? I Could Never Do That jillconyers.com #running #motivation #goalsAllie is a sweat addict and gets her fix through running for Team Oiselle, cycling and chasing after her five year-old twin boys.  On any given day you can find her racing, freelance writing, reading, dreaming about yoga and coming to terms with being a stay-at-home mom.  Allie’s blog VITA – Train for Life is all about hard work and motivation with a healthy kick of snark and hilarity.  Allie currently teaches fitness classes near her home in the Northeast where she and her husband like to live it up big!

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  1. What a great post! I definitely believe you have to want it and take it one day at a time. Goals don’t happen overnight and they take commitment. Love this!

  2. Such great advice! I really think Number 1 is the most important. If you don’t want to do it, it’ll always be an uphill battle to get where you want to end up.

  3. This. Is. AWESOME!!! I love these 5 steps. LOVE them! And you are SO SO right! This is the way to achieve ANY goal, whatever it is! Such great advice!!! –Lisa

  4. I think people’s fears get in the way as well as their own ideas about what they “can” do and “can’t.” I think you nailed it with many of these points. Fear of the unknown, of failing, even success keeps people from thinking outside the box.

  5. Awesome tips. “Don’t care too much” is actually one of the most important reminders for me! I do best when I don’t put so much pressure on myself and just enjoy what I’m doing. And like you said – the kids still need to eat! That’s the truth – I can have my goals, but life goes on!

  6. Excellent advice that I need to follow! I like the idea of setting three goals. I think I subconsciously do that anyway but I will make it a part of my training in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love the ‘think like an alcoholic’ tip. One day at a time. I also like the idea of setting a minimum goal then shooting for the stars – this is a great way to never be disappointed with a day’s progress.

  8. I love Allie and this post is great. I especially agree with taking it a week at a time-don’t beat yourself up!

  9. This was a really great post Allie! When I talk to people about what I have done, even for as little as it is, I still hear that. I find it sad when people put limits on themselves.

  10. I like this post and completely agree. You have to want to do something. If you don’t want too, it will never happen. Thanks for sharing Allie and linking to Jill’s blog. I’ve been enjoying going through previous posts!

    1. Good luck to the newbies! There’s nothing better then the rush they will get after they cross the finish of their first 5K. How lucky you get to be there to share it with them. Love that!!

  11. #3 is an interesting tactic, though I suppose it does make sense! As a trainer…and marathoner…I’ve heard the “Oh I could NEVER do that” comment more times than I can recall! I wish as a society we could get people away from that train of thought. We are capable of SO much more than we think 🙂

  12. These are great tips! I am running my 4th marathon in a few weeks and have made a list of all the reasons that I know I can achieve my goal to help me visualize— it is all about translating the “want” to the “can” now. 🙂

  13. Amazing post Allie, Sharing everywhere. I HAVE to agree with the think like an alcoholic! I mean, there were some days when my goal seemed literally impossible–but day by day all I did was follow training and now I am a believer, and YES to WANTING to do something. with out that fire, it simply won’t work!

    1. YES! You are the perfect example of taking it one day at a time and look how far you have come!!! You can’t start with the big picture or you will never start. Keep up the good work Nellie! You’re inspiring us all.

  14. Great post – Allie is an such an excellent example of someone setting a goal and going for it!!!
    Love that you had her over here today!!

  15. I love #5 – setting three goals. You know I’m not a runner, Allie, but I could definitely apply that to other areas of my life – fitness and otherwise. You’re always inspiring – I need a little Allie to keep with me at all times. Can you manage that?

    1. This is perfect timing as I’m marketing my “Allie on a shelf” just in time for the holidays. I see you when your eating, I know when you’re not running… 🙂

  16. He, he: think like an alcoholic! Never thought of it that way, but it’s sage advice. It really is amazing how much our bodies can deliver if we work for it.

  17. This is an awesome post for anyone who is new and doesn’t think they can– I do believe the body is able to DO SOO MUCH

  18. Great post–I think that there is definitely a fine balance in achieving those things that you never thought were possible. It takes a certain amount of passion and a certain amount of f*** it to get those goals!

  19. great tips! I love to think like an alcoholic! Just taking it one day at a time. Setting three goals is a great idea too. I plan three races at a time and set goals for each.

  20. I so love this post! I hear all the time “I could never do a Tough Mudder.” Or ” I don’t think I could handle that kind of distance.” But it’s so true…what you want to do you will! I’ve seen people that I never would have assumed to complete a race do some very awesome things…all because they wanted to finish it! I myself have surprised myself when it comes to races, but it’s all due to training and passion 🙂

  21. This makes me want to sign up for one…but also reminds me that if I’m being honest with myself I’m not quite there yet! I think it’s important to be all in. No one is forcing you to do it so you have to be 100% committed on your own!

    1. I couldn’t agree more. You need to be honest with yourself about what you really CAN do and balance that with the WANT. Great point!

  22. Great ideas. I especially like the almost life in the moment advice. Just keep after it!

  23. Two of my favorite motivators together in one post! Doesn’t get much better than this! Allie I love your advice, and I love that you are a tough cookie, people think it is easy to run well and get it shape….if it was anyone would do it! Love this! Keep on motivating!

  24. Well written and well said Allie! Advice I will take to heart when I start to get back into a fitness routine in 2015.

  25. wonderful advice, Allie, especially the three tier goal setting one, which really just lays it out quite perfectly.

  26. Great post! I used to say that all the time! I had 100’s of reasons of why not! Taking one day at a time and setting small goals and a couple big ones, like running my first 15K next month and the half in January I now believe I can do it! Add some great running friends both at home and virtual and I am gonna do it! Happy Friday!

    1. That is awesome! Good luck with your races and YES running friends are the very best.

  27. Ahhhhh!!! Thank you again, so much for having me here today! I hope we can inspire some people to set big goals and reach them! Thanks Jill!

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