Over the years, I thought to myself, “I should write more,” and by “more,” I really meant that it’d be good to write at all. Despite my own lack of writing, I appreciate its ability to generate extra thought and clarity on a topic. Now, to take my intent and finally put it into action, I’ll start by writing about an area in which I’ve actually managed to maintain some sense of consistency over the past years: running.
I set a goal a couple of years ago to run a marathon in every state before I turn 50. Although I still have 10 years to complete this goal, I’m at the point where I need to get serious about getting consistent and that’s where OKRs come into play.
Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) are something that I heard of several years ago, but never engaged with until last year when I read Measure What Matters and also joined a company that leveraged it as part of its execution model.
According to the OKR definition on the What Matters website, an OKR is:
a collaborative goal-setting tool used by teams and individuals to set challenging, ambitious goals with measurable results. OKRs are how you track progress, create alignment, and encourage engagement around measurable goals.
With that background out of the way, here are my 2020 running OKRs:
Objective: Build confidence in ability to complete the 50 by 50 challenge
- Key Result 1: Complete 4 marathons this year
- Key Result 2: Run at least one marathon less than 12 weeks after previous marathon
- Key Result 3: Write a post-race report to capture what worked and didn’t to better prepare for future races
Objective: Mitigate factors that could derail 50 by 50 challenge
- Key Result 1: Maintain running consistency with a goal of at least 20 miles per week throughout the year
- Key Result 2: Complete at least three physical therapy exercises three days per week
- Key Result 3: Build two days of cross training per week into my training routine
I’ll dive into my past running data to highlight where I’ve fallen short in the past and also share my progress on these OKRs in upcoming posts.