Goals Built On The Rock

MATTHEW 7:24-27


Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

How does this scripture pertain to running? One word: goals.

Goals are necessary in training, but picking the right goal can be very difficult, especially for me! It’s the number one reason I fail objectives that I’ve laid out for me. In running (and in life) I often build my plans on sand. My plans are often lofty, overwhelming and built without a solid base.

For instance, I registered with some of my family members to participate in the Akron relay in September. My leg is 4.8 miles, and I have around 6 months to train for it. For someone who hasn’t run on a consistent, weekly basis since 2012, this was a good goal. It gives me plenty of time to work my way up to that mileage and evolve from a “once in a while” runner to a committed one. This was a goal founded on rock.

Of course, I don’t think that’s “good enough”, so recently I planned to train for the Cleveland half marathon in May. I told family members, friends and even blogged about it on here! Amidst school, work and an internship, not the mention the fact that I haven’t run consistently in 2 years, this was a plan build on sand. I even paid 30 dollars to participate in the Runner’s World Challenge! The first week of the training plan was already frustrating, overwhelming and difficult because I don’t have a solid foundation in running. This was a goal founded on sand.   

Some readers might think that I’m just a quitter and I should overcome this challenge despite having no foundation, but I think there is an important differentiation between challenging yourself and setting yourself up for failure. Challenges should blossom from strong roots. If I was already running 3-4 times a week (like most training plans require) than the half would have been a good challenge. But for right now, I am only setting myself up for injury and frustration.

Needless to say, I have changed my plan. My goal this week is to run Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Monday & Wednesday I am going to run one mile, and Friday two, with a minute walk warm up and cool down. I am going to blog a picture after each time, so y’all will know for sure I stuck to it (;

Have you ever made a goal built on sand?

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