As a six time national champion for Adams State, a fourth place finisher in the 2008 Olympic marathon trials, and having multiple appearances in World Championships, goals for Zoila were quite the perspective since 1997 when she first took on the sport. "I break the marathon down into 5ks (5 km intervals). After my first 5k, I would check my watch and start for the next 5k". Compile this goal structure all together and she has approximately 8.439 times a 5k to reach the big goal of the marathon.
Monotonous this may sound to an individual who doesn't have interest to fit a marathon training plan into their everyday lives, this type of structure plays a great role into our lifestyles. For example, Hallie Owsley, a multiple subject school teacher in Alamosa set a goal this summer to finish a distance of a 5 km. She struggled for years since graduate school to start an active lifestyle again due reoccurring injuries and amount of recovery she had to take in between sessions of running. Gradually she increased the distance during the summer. Hallie also explained that learning from the various topics (drills/strength, goal setting skills, etc.) taught by the hosts in the Running Clinics, she was able to complete not only her original goal but to have it done multiple times throughout each week! "It really helped when Alicia (Nelson) and Carmille (Garcia) paced me throughout the entire loop through Cole Park. This helped me have confidence to finish the distance" Hallie said with a big smile.
Developing goal structure is huge for an individual as the host for the previous Running Clinic, Coach Larry Zaragosa explained throughout his talk on goal setting and management for adjusting those goals when necessary: "When coaching my athletes, I want them to develop their own goals, as an individual and as a team. They are directed by their motivation...I love to see that internal drive within my athletes."