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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I have frequently talked of my goal to walk/run 1000 miles in 2012. When I set that goal for myself, I didn't have quite as much going on as I do today. I met my January, February, and March goals, and came close to meeting April's. I was exhausted.

A large part of this first half of May has been rest and recuperation. It has been emotionally difficult to put aside my 1000-mile goal in order to get the rest I so desperately needed. Still, I saw myself exhibiting some of the classic signs of overtraining and knew rest is what I needed. While pushing so hard to meet my goals in March and April, I slowly started going down the path of making poor nutrition choices in an effort to get quick energy to make it through any given day. It became a vicious cycle and my eating ended up completely out of control. So in May, I have focused on getting my eating back in line by starting small again: I am currently working on a 14-day streak of eating three or more freggies per day. My caffeine and sugar intake has greatly diminished and I am sleeping more. I have been doing a little walking, but not nearly what I originally had planned for this month.

Often when I walk to or from work, I see runners. I watch their beautiful muscles move in steady rhythm and long to feel that in my body. The rest is bringing the desire back that overtraining and busyness took away. It is highly doubtful that my schedule will change any time soon, so I need to be realistic about the likelihood of being able to accomplish my goal of 1000 miles in 2012, but I still want to pursue my fitness goals and still plan to participate in the Women's Half Marathon this fall. I am in the process of altering my 2012 goal, but I took a step in a new and exciting direction Sunday. Getting guidance from Jason Anderson and Coach Nicole in "You Can Run a Mile Without Stopping," ( www.sparkpeople.com/reso
), I went for a walk with short running intervals. It felt great. I was proud of myself and pleased with how well I did. I've been hurting like crazy ever since, but I can't wait to go again!

While I know that the 1000 miles is unrealistic for me at this time, I have not quite come to the point of being able to let it go. I think as I slowly change my focus to running -- which is something I have been wanting to do for a long time now -- maybe it will be easier to alter my goal for this year, knowing that 1000 miles may be possible in another year. I can definitely try again later, while not giving up this year... just make a change. I do understand that this is not a failure. My life is different now and it is important to adjust as life changes. As long as I keep moving in the right direction, I will get there. One step at a time.
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    Listen to your body, just don't give up! It's a fine line.
    2136 days ago
  • JILLKH37
    Good for you to listening to your body's needs. You can still do 1000 miles but how about extending the time it will take? For instance give yourself 3 years, and then when you accomplish it before that time you will be amazing! Our goals are ours to make... we are only competing with ourselves. We don't have to live up to anyone else's standards. Proud of you... keep up the good work!

    Jill emoticon
    2137 days ago
    Why not just remove the "in 2012" from your goal? Time limits are hard to stick to, for losing weight and for improving our health because we can't factor in how our bodies are going to react. If you take out those two "words" you still have a very cool goal that is just more realistic. It'll be a milestone no matter when you achieve it, be it 2012, 2013, 2014... You have a fantastic attitude. Good for you for re-evaluating. emoticon
    2137 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/15/2012 7:26:11 AM
    You need to be where you are healthy and comfortable with what you do ! I went up to 30 min of exercise aday and had to cut back down to 10 minutes because my heart wouldn't take it ! You don't do yourself or anyone any good if you push it where you can't enjoy life ! emoticon USE WISDOM MY FRIEND DON'T DAMAGE YOUR BODY YOU CAN'T GET IT BACK ! WHEN YOU ARE OVER TAXED USUALLY A STROKE WILL SLOW YOU DOWN ! YOU DON'T WANT THAT ! emoticon
    2137 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    What a great attitude you have! The great thing about setting goals is that they inspire us to be the best we can be, so it's okay to change them as needed! Where is the Women's Half that you are shooting for?
    2137 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    good for you that you are able to adjust your goals :-) If a goal doesn't help you, the smart thing to do is to change it, and you are smart ;-)
    Congrats on being so honest with yourself ;-) emoticon
    2137 days ago
    Sometimes the smart choice is the hard choice. I admire your good sense, honesty and determination. You are an athlete!
    2137 days ago
    Life is about making adjustment, goals are things we set to motivate.

    I set out to run 3000 km in 2010. I was on track, in fact, ran more than the 3000 km in the 12 months leading to Aug, Sept, and Oct. Then in early November I put my left foot in a pot hole near the end of a long run 200 meters from home. I ran 21 km in Nov. (I biked) I eased back into running in December. I might have completed the goal, but I would have had to make up all my November running in december while recovering from a serious injury. It might have been do able, but was it what I would have encourage another runner to do. No I would have said let it go, do what is right.

    I did not meet my goal of 3000 km, however, my life continued. I adjust my priorities and took care of myself. I contined to run, I am a runner, and Popie runs.

    Life is about making adjustments and moving on to those things that we can do. Sometimes that requires putting some things on the side line for a while. Knowing when to make adjustments, and having the courage to make them is as important as anything.

    I say that running is about discipline. Some times discipline is about knowing what not to do.

    Good running and be careful out there.
    2137 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/15/2012 1:51:44 AM
    2137 days ago
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