Thursday, December 4, 2008

Dreamer, you're nothing but a dreamer.

Yes, now I will have that song in my head all day, too. You're welcome.

Dreamer. I am one. And thanks to the theme at Runners' Lounge Take it and Run Thursday today, I will unveil some of my running dreams. You already know I like to daydream while I run and I have to admit that many of those dreams involve running. Running while daydreaming about running . . . almost as geeky as doing long division.

My running dreams are not lofty: I don't think I'll be competing in London in 2012 or heading to Kona any time soon. But they are my dreams. I sometimes picture myself with all the free time in the world, training for a big marathon that I will finish in a time that gets me in to Boston. With minutes to spare. And then running Boston and finishing in an even better time. (That would be huge for me. I ran my first and only marathon in 4:12.) Or I'll imagine myself completing a triathlon. (Again, huge for me. I neither swim nor bike.) Some days, when I'm feeling particularly dreamy, I'll see a fitter (and, as it would happen, older) me running across the finish line of 5ks, 10ks, marathons setting PR after PR.

OK, I guess those dreams are pretty lofty. But I have a few others that are a bit more realistic, too.

So here they are, my running dreams:

  • Running, injury-free, well into my healthy 80s (or, if I am lucky, 90s).
  • Inspiring my son to enjoy running as much as I do.
  • Emerging as an awesome masters runner (when the time comes).
  • Running a marathon in under 4 hours.
  • Coaching a running group for women who've been released from incarceration and are living in transition.
  • Running a 5K in under 23 minutes.
  • Continuing to fall in love with running, year after year.
Those are my dreams. Some may soon become goals. And then, I hope, reality.

Happy dreaming, everyone!

17 comments:

Chic Runner said...

Such good goals. :) I love the first one. Thanks for inspiring me to write down some of my own goals!

Marlene said...

From dream to goal to reality... I like the way you think. Great post!

Diana said...

Lovin the helping formally incarcerated women! What a fabulous idea :) I hope that one becomes goal/reality, along with the rest!

BeachRunner said...

Very nice.

joyRuN said...

Awesome goals :)

tfh said...

Those are awesome running dreams.

Too often I forget to set the lofty kind of dream for myself. I stick to the kinds of goals I'm certain I can achieve, fearing failure. No fun at all. I like your combination. I'm going to try this lofty dream thing!

Gotta Run said...

You entire list is great but #5 would be... well something most would not think of.

Love the post.

D10 said...

I an a huge daydreamer too. I think all your dreams will become goals and then reality. I think the last one is key.

Gotta Run said...

Legs feel great today!! I would have never guessed that last night. :)

*aron* said...

great post and awesome goals!!!

Marcy said...

Those are good dreams and some are mine as well ;-)

Betsy said...

I love all of these ideas. You rock!

Erik said...

That is a wonderful idea with the formally incarcerated women!!

Keep dreaming, these are great!

E

JohnnyGo said...

Excellent running dreams.
May you live out many of them and dream up many new ones.

RunningLaur said...

I love that you wish to run into your 80's. It shows that it's truly a part of your life. I hope it can be a dream come true for you!

J said...

Those dreams are awesome and very reachable! I hope that you are one day able to accomplish all of them and go to Boston to run in the marathon!

April said...

Love this post. That's what makes running so great...you can always set goals, reach them, and set them a little bit higher!

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