Not having goals is like setting out for a road trip without your GPS (which used to be a map, of course). Yet I’ve been cruising through most of 2016 without much thought to goals. First there was losing Chester, then going through the grief process, things finally started to look up, then there was Bandit, my mom’s surgery, moving my parents . . . the list of why I haven’t even begun to think about goals is long and varied.
Things aren’t at all settled yet, but it’s time to think about goals — before we’re already into 2017, which is just around the corner!
I need to sign up for a couple of races:
- Last Run
- Panama City Beach Half Marathon
Luckily I don’t need to sign up for the Turkey Trot I plan to run — but maybe I ought to just go ahead and sign up for it anyway!
I won’t be running in a group training for PCB, so I need to sit down and come up with a training plan. The good news is it comes just 6 weeks after Craft Classic Phoenix — it’s mostly a matter of maintaining my fitness. It’s highly unlikely to be a PR, unless there’s a cold snap (always possible!), but I still need to train — to remain injury free.
Keep an eye on that sugar!
Now is the time I normally start putting on the winter weight. I’m at a good place with my weight at the moment, but as they say, #thestruggleisreal.
Sugar is always a big piece of the equation for me. Not to mention a vacation in November, Thanksgiving (at my house, which at least gives me some control), and another vacation in December — both are not long vacations, but still, it doesn’t take me long to pack on the pounds — but it takes forever to take them back off.
Think about race goals that aren’t time related
I’ve signed up for three half marathons in states with warm climates — despite the fact that I don’t normally deal well with racing in the heat.
I’m currently reading Boston Bound, which was one of Wendy’s bookclub picks a while back. I happened to be looking at something else on my kindle, and it was a suggested book and only $4.99. I highly recommend and I think I got it at just the right time for me!
A few more I bought & was reading on vacation: Runner’s Brain, My Marathon, and Meb for Mortals. Yes, I was reading them all at once!
My goal for my half last weekend was to beat my last hot half. I did it by about 5 minutes!
I’d love to hear from you, so let me know in the comments:
Are you a goal setter?
What goal have you met recently?
Are you a little scared there’s just 2 1/2 months left in 2016?