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?

2 thoughts on “Time for Reflection 

  1. I’ve just found your blog and am looking forward to reading more of it. Sounds like you are going through quite the rough patch of life right now. Re-assessing the goals is smart. I’m looking at my running right now as well as my poor feet and thinking that less might be best for awhile. Good luck to you – please be safe.


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