It's that time again when we look at the past year in the rear view mirror and ahead to the New Year. Hopefully your New Year thoughts include some run goals that push the impossible. We have all heard how important it is to write down our goals, but I believe it is more powerful to learn to dream big without fearing the outcome. So, I would like to have some fun and challenge you this year to dream big!

What's your ultimate dream run goal for 2011? Lets not worry how crazy or impossible it may sound. The crazier the better. Let's just "announce it" and let this be the first step towards your impossible!

Let's use this blog to list your goal. Think BIG and impossible! Notice how hard it is to actually post it on here. BUT, once you do, notice how it feels. This is the first step on the path to what you want!

Be unreasonable; expect the impossible - E

Here is my year in the rear view mirror!

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Comment by Larissa Uredi on August 23, 2011 at 6:01pm
this is a great post and one that needs to be read at any time of the year.  I'm just getting started down this road but I like the way Impossible sounds!  (c:  I"m excited to get the ball rolling and see where it leads.  Thanks for all you do!
Comment by david tofel on June 18, 2011 at 7:28am

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Comment by Eric Orton on June 16, 2011 at 8:42pm
OK everyone. We are almost at the 6 month mark of this blog post and wanted to see how your goals were coming along. Are you on target to reaching your goal? Lets hear how you are doing, good and/or bad. For me, my motivation is "One runner per household - world wide". Here is what I have put in place thus far:
- just finished the Born To Run Naked Tour
- just signed on with an agent to write a book
- will be launching a 3 DVD set on my strength training
- will be doing a Fall run clinic tour
- and will have a big announcement soon - so, stay tuned.

Lets hear how you are doing - E
Comment by Ville Kuusisto on March 3, 2011 at 2:19am
This year I will do an  Half Ironman in time 4h 30 min. My goal is to run the half maraton in it to 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Comment by Steph Frederick on January 31, 2011 at 4:31pm
this year i'm going to run my first marathon. madrid! three months! and when i get back to the states i want to start ultras. i got to cause i miss the trails, i miss the trails, i miss the trails!
Comment by Ashley Smith on January 26, 2011 at 7:45am
Train with Eric Orton in person and run a marathon and ultra marathon by January 2012.
Comment by Kirk Mundell on January 26, 2011 at 12:58am

I'm currently only running trails and it's quite difficult to fix objectives in terms of time due to all the different factors involved (type of terrain, metres of climb...), so I have fixed one in terms of finishing in a certain percentile. Currently my best is in the top 34%, I would like this year to acheive a top 20% place.

Objective 2 - to participate in a 24 hour race and run at least 100k.

Objective 3 - All this on my toes with no injuries.


Comment by Leonardo Perez on January 25, 2011 at 7:15am

Hello from Colombia,

I have never run more than a half Marathon, my plan ( and dream ) for this year is to run the ultramathon de los andes, a trail run in the Chilean Andes in October... :)

Comment by Paul J. Russell on January 21, 2011 at 12:55pm

My motivation is to complete a 50 mi. ultra.   Ran a marathon last yr and plan to do so again this yr.  Stonger runner than last yr and no major injuryies this yr.  Thanks Eric for core strength exercises for runners.

Comment by Terry J. Benzie on January 4, 2011 at 7:14pm
I am going to run my first marathon this year.

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