Update – Quarterly Progress

Well, well, well. The plans for this year sure took a drastic turn.

My husband always asks me as I’m registering for races, “Why do you register for races so early? You don’t know what your life is going to be like by the time the race gets here.”

He’s not wrong. I don’t know what my life will be like by the time a race gets here. That’s the reason that I had to back out of my 1/2 marathon last spring (and forfeit the not-cheap registration price).

Nobody knows what the future holds. Does that mean that we stop planning? Not to me, it doesn’t. I have this bizarre planning brain. If I am not actively planning something my world gets a little discombobulated. I plan everything. My menus. My workouts. My daily schedule. My playtime schedule. My BAKING schedule if I have something big coming up (like next week when I’ll be “building” a wedding cake). I just plan things. It’s what I do.

Annual plans are no different than daily and weekly plans. At the beginning of each year I set distance goals. This year I changed it up a little and added a time goal, as well.

As my husband has so often predicted, life happened and I had no idea where life was going to take me after I set my original goals. When my daughter died and I dropped out of my 1/2 marathon (due to not having sufficient time to train) I adjusted my mileage down by 200 miles for the year.  I never would have guessed that a few short weeks later I would injure my ankle badly enough to sideline me from virtually everything.

With life finally back on track, and being days away from the official start to my 1/2 marathon training, I have once again turned to those goals that I set at the beginning of the year.

I’ve considered adjusting them down once again because, as you can see, I’m almost half way through the year, but haven’t even reached the 25% mark to completion. For the first time in a LONG time I see those highly inadequate numbers and don’t immediately see FAILURE! I know the physical and emotional things that I have dealt with in the past five months, and I know that I have done what I’ve needed in order to heal (emotionally and physically).

So the goals stay as they are. I will hit the numbers or I won’t. They will sit on my Garmin Dashboard as a big ol’ pock mark, or they will sit on the Dashboard as a brightly green flashing light. Regardless of what the end of the year holds, I will know that I won at living this year. Never before have I taken the time for ME to properly heal from anything. That’s progress. For me, THAT one thing is success!

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