When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.

Zig Ziglar

So, recently I have had to re-address my running goals and targets.

Basically, the last few weeks have been testing. First there was my heart issues that led to a pacemaker being fitted; as a result we had to cancel our holiday of a lifetime to NYC; followed by my fathers illness that led to him passing away two weeks ago.

We needed a break.

So here we are, sat looking out to the sea, in a gorgeous apartment in Sandsend on the east coast of England.

The tranquility has made me think about a lot of things including what my running goals were and bearing in mind the changes to my health what I want them to be.

Finding my limits

I realise that I was still in that spiral of pushing myself further and longer. My race calendar included trail marathons most months; three ultra marathons as well as numerous other races. 

I will never know if it was this that sent my heart over the edge, but I am not going to discount it even though the cardiologist never mentioned it.

I have only had four weeks away from running so my fitness should not be too bad. The only issue is what the pacemaker will let me do. A couple of test runs have been good so far. These have been steady runs with my partner, Annette, however I have pushed myself up the hills to see if I can reach my maximum HR okay.

New plan

So, this is my new plan:

I still plan to complete the Dales Trail series. Two races remain, the 30k and 40k events. I love this series and don’t feel I have to discard these.

The Lakeland 50 is out. Too far and too close!

The Hardmoors 26.2 series: I plan on dropping down to the half marathon distance instead. 

Yorkshire Marathon: I still plan on running this. I have unfinished business.

The Hardmoors 30 on New Years Day: I will drop to the 15 mile event!

I feel better already by removing the Ultras. Everyone does have limits. I think I have found mine. At the end of the day, I have always been a better short distance runner than long distance.

What was the goal?

As much as I believe the quote from the American motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, I need to address my goals.

So what were my goals and have they changed? I originally started running to get fitter and lose weight. 

However once I was running I got the bug. My weight is close to where I want it to be. I had achieved my goal, and my ‘unplanned ‘ goal afterwards was to see how far I could push myself. In retrospect I think I have achieved that. 

Now, my goal is to enjoy my running, yet still have time to do other things in my life.

Questions for you guys:

Have your running goals changed over time?

Do you know your own limitations?

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