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