This past Saturday I completed my first 10k. If you had told me even 6 months ago that I would run that I would have laughed at you! I am a terrible distance runner. In high school cross country, I was known as “the hot, slow girl from Cascade High.” But when my workout buddy Catherine asked me to sign up for a 10k with her and to push myself I accepted her challenge. The run went way better than I thought. In the days leading up to it I was looking for excuses to get out of it (too cold, too windy) but I looked past the fear and made myself do it.

We did it!

It is too easy to stick with what you know and what’s familiar. Before training for this run, I was in a comfortable place filled with yoga, cycle classes, and long walks with the dog. But if you do the same thing all the time, your body adjusts and it stops being a workout.

I’m not saying that you need to set huge goals like “run a marathon/triathlon” only that you should be constantly setting fitness goals for yourself. Whether it’s to lift more weight, run a certain time or distance, nail a certain yoga pose, or swim so many laps. Without goals, without that push you are dangerously close to complacency.


So if you don’t have a fitness goal now is the time to think of one. Think of a milestone you would like to reach (that’s NOT weight or size) and write it down on a Post it and stick it somewhere where you can see it. Tell everyone you know about your goal. Always push for a little more.

My new fitness goal. A co-worker and I have a bet on who will win in a local mud race this May.

My new fitness goal. A co-worker and I have a bet on who will win in a local mud race this May.

Giveaway Winners

Congrats to Ten Yang and Andrea! You are each winning a family four pack to the Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show March 22-23!


  • northernambitions March 11, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Good job! Like you said, I think it’s a great idea to tell people about your goals. It keeps you accountable and excited! xx

    • Betty LIVIN March 11, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Definitely! This blog keeps me so accountable for my workouts and goals!

  • Skinny Opinion (@skinny_opinion) March 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Good for you!! I have never run a 10k but I’m thinking about making it a new goal!

    • Betty LIVIN March 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      It’s really all about making the time to train. I did a FitSugar program that was only 4 times a week. Worked great!


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