Oh hey, it’s October!
That means we are over 3/4 of the way done with 2011! Wow that went by fast.
If you have been reading for a while, you know I like to check in with my goals quarterly to see where I am at, see if there is anything I want to change or if there is anything I might want to add. Goals are always a work in progress so things definitely change over the matter of a year!
I think goal setting is such a great way to keep me accountable to myself and to help me accomplish things I want to accomplish. Every year I set goals and although they definitely morph throughout the year, each year has an overall tone to it and I try to stick to that. This year I focused on the bigger picture rather than numbers and times, and so far it’s been working for me.
Be in the present
I want to not set any goals just yet. I want to be in the present more and worry about now or the current race I am training for, rather than what I might want to do 8 months down the road.
I jumped ahead of this a little bit in May and signed up for a bunch of marathons which backfired on me. What I am really trying to do now is to be in the present, but it’s not easy! Although I am having a great time doing whatever I want right now with training and truly love it, all I can think about is what I want to do in the spring next year. I am trying not to jump too far ahead, but some things require some planning! I am just really paying attention to what I think I really will want to do then and what will make me happy.
I want 2011 NOT to look like the last 3 years. The last 3 falls have been pretty much identical and it needs to change. I want to run new races and try new things and not do the same races I have done year after year.
This fall will not look like any other fall I have had since I became a runner, so that’s a win! There will be no fall marathons, none of the same half marathons even! Although I do get sad when I hear people talking about Healdsburg and CIM, I know taking a break from those races this year is the 100% right thing to do.
I also would have never predicated myself to decide not to run a marathon that was supposed to be my goal race. Although I know that I 100% did the right thing, it still stings a little bit knowing I backed out.
I do know I want to learn more about running, help others out and really reach out to be more involved the running community.
I may have gone a little overboard on this goal. Although I have loved every single thing I have been involved with this year, it did become a lot to handle. Over the summer my running was turning into an obligation, as in somewhere I had to be at because I was required to, which I think in turn had a lot to do with my burn out. I hated that I felt that way, but it’s what happened. Things have calmed down a lot lately, with many of my involvements coming to and end which is a welcomed break.
I have learned so much this year, I know what I want to commit to next year, I know where I need to step back a little, and now I know that sometimes I just can’t do everything as much as I want to.
I think for the next 3 months I just really want to focus on my off season goals, possibly tackling the rest of my fears, and in figuring out what I want to do next year. I have some big ideas in my head, but I need to make sure they are feasible and I am ready to commit to them before I go running off and doing something crazy.
I also want to enjoy every second of my favorite seasons over the next 6 months! I love love love running this time of year and I want to soak up every minute that I can of it.
Are you a goal setter? How are your 2011 goals shaping up?