My original goal was 150 miles by 2/8. That was before a week of little movement caused by the flu. I'm back on track with my exercise but I've been pondering my options with this goal. While I have no issues with adjusting any goal to make it attainable under the circumstances, I couldn't help myself from considering if I could or should push myself reach this one.
I know I could accumulate more miles each week to stay on track for 150 miles by the end of 2/7 if there weren't other variables outside of my control. But a big part of my personal struggle is balance. I have to know when to say when and when to reprioritize and rebalance. I need to make sure my personal goals don't compromise my work as much as I have to keep work from compromising my well being. Stopping or reducing non-mileage accumulating exercises to reach this goal would do nothing for my overall wellbeing and balance. So after careful consideration of what the goal is, why I have this goal and how I would have to reach it, I have decided to adjust my goal.
What - 150 miles by 2/8; approximately 25 miles per week (original)
Why - It's more about the resulting behavior of exercise and moving than the actual 150 miles goal. The goal drives me to exercise, to walk, to hike, to get out and see things and live, to push through and go further when I want to stop on the treadmill, to get on the treadmill or lace up the shoes when I don't feel like it or when I feel the burden of other priorities, and it helps to set good habits. It's also about setting a foundation I can use as motivation to follow doctor instructions and then get back to it as soon as I can.
How - Walk, run, hike 25 miles per week (excludes non-exercise walking).
The new goal - 129 miles by 2/8 (with a big stretch-goal of 150). This is still 25 miles per week + 4 miles for the miles acquired during flu-week. 129 miles is doable. It is still a challenge with other aspects of life.
I'm very luck that I tend to be motivated and driven by change. I expect change and while not often always easy, it generally leads to better places. I've also learned a little more about me while reassessing this goal and that's worth a lot...maybe not worth having the flu, but still worth something.
Note to myself: Don't wait so long to review my goals...why I have the goal, what I really intend to get out of the goal (a good goal isn't only about the result) and how I will reach the goal. Adjust my goals so they are attainable. Be realistic. Accept that life changes, plan when possible and adjust when necessary. Be flexible. Be kind to myself. Reaching goals boosts self-confidence and motivation for the next goal. If I am not reaching my goals, the goals probably aren't the right goals for me so do something about it... adjust them.
Now off to lace up the shoes for a quick walk before the next meeting.