. . . to move forward
One of my goals for 2018 was to train for and try to PR a 5k. Kind of a tall order, considering I don’t run a lot of 5ks and am usually training for longer distances.
I am joining Fairytales & Fitness for Fridays with Fairytales & Fitness, a link up for healthy liftestyle bloggers, and sharing how that goal worked for me.
5k Goal for the Spring
I had a long time between halfs: October 2017 until July 2018. It seemed the perfect time to take a shot at a 5k PR attempt.
Alas, I got sick and the 5k specific training never happened. Neither did any 5ks, not until June and Freihofers (read about it here). I knew a PR was unlikely, and while I did pretty good in the race, no, it wasn’t a PR.
Let’s try again in the Fall?
Usually I really enjoy racing October/November. There are a number of races I enjoy doing, and usually I’m seeing the payoff from all my hard work.
I decided to do a half marathon, almost on a whim (read about it here), when one of my favorite 5ks is run. I tend to do well at that race, but there’s a small portion on a trail, and it invariably slows me down. So no 5k there.
Then there was another 5k I usually enjoy — which I believe is my 5k PR — only they changed the location this year. Not as convenient. And I just ran Stockadeathon (read abotu it here), a 15k, and my body let me know that it just does not want to push too hard right now. Not to mention they’re predicting 5-8″ of snow Friday. Yes, you read that right. So no 5k there, either.
There’s a different race (not a 5k) the next day, though. And like I said, my body needs a little more TLC. The other race is actually a loop non-technical trail run. Do I want to do a potentially snowy, muddy trail race? Whether I do it or not, there will be no 5k this weekend.
It really doesn’t matter what I decide, race, don’t race, I know that it’s time to let go of that 5k PR goal for 2018.
Goals are always worth it . . .
. . . even if you don’t achieve them. Training is never wasted; or at least, good training is never wasted. You don’t necessarily reap immediate rewards from training (although sometimes you do), but they have a cumulative effect: keep at it, and somewhere down the road you’ll get your reward — it may not even be what you envisioned, but one day you’ll realize that all that hard work paid off in some way.
There are no more big goal races on my calendar for 2018. It’s time to simply maintain my base and allow myself some much needed recovery time.
Goals keep us motivated, but it’s wise to know when to fold up, so to speak. Sometimes letting go (not giving up!) is the path to meeting your goals. It’s a wise person who knows when to let go and move on. — Chocolaterunsjudy
Have you met all your 2018 goals?
Did you have to let a goal go for this year?
When has letting go of a goal paid off for