So May did not go the way I planned. I sprained my foot, missed out on a month of hiking and running, and decided not to run the Jack and Jill Marathon in July. You could say that sucks. But does it really?
One of the best parts of life is that our trajectory does not always follow our plans. We do not always meet our goals, because often life happens, our interests shift, and we adapt, adjust, and move forward.
When I talk about letting go of goals and being bold with your goals, those notions both stem from the same approach to goals. You can’t let goals rule your life: there’s no value in stressing out, overtraining, and coming to despise running because you have a do or die mentality about an arbitrary time goal. A 2 hour half marathon or a BQ marathon means very little if you did not enjoy the journey.
But when a goal does have deep meaning to you? Then boldly chase after it, embrace the journey, find joy in the pursuit, and follow your heart. Fail half the time, succeed half the time, grow and learn, and don’t quit until you have crossed that metaphorical or literal finish line.
I could very easily have been upset about spraining my foot, missing several weeks of marathon training (I haven’t run over 6 miles in nearly a month!), and deciding to downgrade or even outright DNS the Jack and Jill Marathon.
But no longer am I the type to wallow in what should have happened. I sprained my foot; it’s a risk when you run, hike, and push your limits. I can’t rewind and stop myself from slipping and falling on a hike. What I can do, and what I did, is adapt, adjust, and move forward.
So as I mentioned on Tuesday, I’m running the California International Marathon! And I am incredibly excited.
The original reason for selecting Jack and Jill was to allow for a dedicated hiking season to achieve Ryan’s and my goal of completing long multi-day hikes, and CIM fits that goal also – in fact, it actually allows us make the most of June and July backpacking.
May 2016 Goals Update
Run a Sub-1:40 Half Marathon (completed)
Done! I ran a 1:38:40 at the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon in March.
PR in the Marathon
CIM is supposed to be one of the fastest courses on the West Coast, due to its net downhill profile, cool temperatures, and tremendous crowd support. It’s significantly less hilly than the Portland Marathon, which I thought was a fairly flat race with a gradual uphill at the start and then a bit of a nasty incline over the St. John’s Bridge. I plan on training hills, doing a couple 20-22 milers, and following a Brad Hudson adapted plan, since that style worked so well for me in half marathon training.
Backpacking in the Cascades
Ryan and I want to do at least one 15+ mile hike this year. We have done a few 9-10 mile hikes so far this year (Goat Lake, Greider Lakes, and Mount Washington), so we are on a good track for that goal. Building back my mileage to prepare for marathon training and strength training at least twice a week will help prepare for longer hikes, as will weekly hikes.
Improve Fueling & Hydration
The marathon will be the ultimate test of fueling and hydration. Right now the focus has shifted from fueling and hydration on long runs and races to fueling and hydration on hikes. The hotter the temperature and the longer the hikes, the more eating and drinking enough matters! Not to mention that as Ryan and I both increase our mileage, our appetites increase as well.
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Grow My Coaching Business
The Marathon Training Group begins on Monday, which I am so excited about! I have five runners in this group, all training for various marathons, in addition to my other athletes! I also earned my Run-Fit Revo2lution Certification; even though I am RRCA certified, I truly believe in the benefit of continuing education as a coach.
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Expand My Pilates Practice
I sort of slacked on this during the past month, in the sense that I only did the same few Pilates workouts. Time to change that and find some new videos to try!
How are you doing on your goals for this week, month, or year?
What races do you have lined up for summer or fall?
When have you had to adapt and adjust your running goals?