“It doesn’t matter what road you have traveled, what matters is what road you are on now.” Unknown
Have you ever had a goal that turns out to be unachievable? Frustrating, isn’t it? You work hard, sacrifice time, energy, money and all for nothing. But is it really for nothing?
On April 4, 2014, I posted the photo above on my Facebook page with the caption:
I was super excited to begin training for my first marathon! I turned 42 years old in August and my plan was to run 42k (marathon distance) at age 42. Sounds fun, right?
On May 31st, I reached 18k. I was actually doing it!!
I continued to run shorter distances, but it was too painful. Eventually, I stopped running altogether. Guess what?? My hip stopped hurting!! I could walk better, sit for longer periods and drive pain free. Amazing!
It’s been about two months since I’ve run. I miss it. I miss my time alone. I had used that time to listen to music, pray and think. I needed to do something.
The disappointment of not reaching my goal was incredibly discouraging. I knew I could sit and wallow in my disappointment or I could do something. I made the decision to redefine my goal.
My new goal:: Run (or walk) a minimum of 42 km a month for the next year
Yep, that’s it. Run or walk (whatever my body allows) just over 10k every week for a total of 42km a month for the rest of the year that I’m 42 years old. Achievable? Yes. Manageable? Yep. Still feel like I’m pushing myself? You bet!
Life happens. Things change. Sometimes we don’t reach the original goals we set out to achieve. That doesn’t mean we have to give up. It just means we need to redefine our goals.
Have you ever needed to redefine your goals? I’d love to hear how you stayed motivated through the change!!