Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Running Goals v. More Important Goals

A few months ago I posted a series of goals I had for shorter races.

Long story short, I have made no real progress toward any of these goals. If anything, I'm farther from them now than I was then.  

But I'm ok with that. I had a little injury in November. In December, I had a great time over the holidays. I got a couple of crazy business projects in January that required all of my attention. And then I went to Costa Rica and Nicaragua over the last two weeks. All of these things have made my life better, even if they did not contribute to my overall fitness.

A year ago, I wouldn't have sacrificed my fitness for greater life adventures, but now I'm making it my priority to do the opposite.

As a hobby jogger, I feel that it's important to keep this sport in perspective. It's a hobby I do to keep myself happy and motivated to stay fit. But it's only important in that it helps to enrich my life. If I feel that my life is rich and full, I'm ok letting go of a few running goals.

My schedule looks clearer now. I'm healthy, I'm happy, and I don't have any big trips planned short term. So I'm going to see if I can achieve those goals.

And I'm ok taking the long view of the time it might take me to do so.