Did you hit your goals in 2018? Yesterday it dawned on me that I did not get any of my specific running goals for 2018. Here were my goals an what the result was:
By those standards, I had a lost year. All my running friends PR’d or completed 1 of their goals this year. While I’m always happy for them, some small competitive piece in me is wondering what I did wrong.
What many people don’t see is that as their lives change, their body is affected. Even if the change is not physical, the body reacts negatively and needs time to adjust. In my case all year I had been trying to get a full-time teaching job. There was the stress of interviews and finally getting the job at which I am now. Not knowing what to expect, I worked too hard over the summer to create plans that I ended up largely not using. Finally, I now have a new schedule that I had to get used to. Not including work, I started using a coach for the first time in over a decade. The new workouts were demanding. My daughter went off to college and that involved planning and moving and a different worry. Add in the 2 races I was race director, the volunteer work for summer cross country, Sunday School teaching – Perhaps all at once this has been too much to do in 1 year at one time.
I was running with a friend yesterday and I was telling her about this post. It was originally called “Did You Hit Your Goals This Year?” Then she asked me a bunch of questions and finally said to me, “Maybe you just need to forgive yourself. (Paraphrasing now) You did a lot – there are new stresses in your life and your body could not respond to what you were asking it to do.” Once she said that, I actually felt relieved. I had put in a major effort this year in running and, while that did not pan out, perhaps I need to look over the successes that I did have.
There are more personal ones as well, and I need to be thankful for having those. I am also thankful for a family that supports my businesses and my running habit!
When you see things going badly, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Take stock on what is going on that you are taking for granted and things are probably better than what you think.
Trials of Miles,