On Saturday I finally completed my goal of running 350km in a year. I had originally set this goal for 2011, but I wasn’t a long distance runner at the time so I knew it would be a challenge. In July 2011 I was in a car accident and broke one of the most finicky bones in my wrist. I was in a cast for 12 weeks and couldn’t run. These two factors made achieving my goal last year impossible. I finished up the year with only 250km under my belt.
Instead of being sad about it, I rededicated my goal in January 2012, vowing to beat this goal that had eluded me the year before. I’m happy to say that on Saturday, in the sweltering heat, I logged my 350th kilometre of the year. Goal = reached!
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
The truth is, I could’ve hit this goal about three months ago. Three months ago, I completed my first ever 10k race. The training involved made up the bulk of the 350km, and after I finished the race, I only had 25km to go. I’d been running at least 20km a week, rain or shine. I ran through exhaustion, colds, blisters, sore legs, heat, pain. I ran through it all and when I was done, I was ready for a break!
I had planned on taking two weeks off after the race to recuperate, which was smart because the soreness I felt after the race didn’t recede until the 6th day. Two weeks stretched into a month, then another month. I still couldn’t bring myself to get back out there. I joked that I had post traumatic stress from the race and that I couldn’t bear to slip on my running shoes again just yet. I was only kind of joking.
Finally last month I started running again. I had to, my dog Molly needed exercise and running together was the perfect way to tucker her out while getting exercise myself. I was amazed at just how much fitness I’d lost. I was winded after 2km! Just a few short months ago I was completing 10km runs regularly. While it seemed a shame to waste such fitness, it’s already coming back fast. I took it easy though, and ran lightly, cruising my way to 350km exactly three months after my race.
The Path Ahead
Now that I’ve reached my fitness goal for the year, I don’t think I’m going to set another one. Honestly, 350km for me was kind of crazy talk. I never was a runner up until a few years ago, and I’d never sustained the practice long enough to achieve any major sort of distance. I’m super excited that I’ve reached it with four months to spare, and I don’t want to over do it. Lately I’ve really enjoyed just running for the sake of running. No heart rate monitor, no pacing, no time goals, and no schedule. Just running because I (and Molly) like it . That’s what I’m going to focus on this fall. Enjoying myself.
Chill With the Goals Already
If you’ve been reading my blog for any period of time, you’ve probably ascertained that I have an affinity for goals. I think it’s something to do with my natural tendency to be
a control freak organised and task oriented that makes setting and achieving goals appeal to me so much. But for the rest of the year, I’ve decided to lay off the goals. I’ve reached all of my yearly goals and instead of setting extra ones, I’m just going to relax a little. Maybe put a little extra work into the blog, maybe get back into yoga. Who knows.
Have you reached any major goals lately? I want to know!