Last night, I knocked out another 5.6 miles leaving only 5.72 miles to hit my goal of 175 miles run in 2011. I know 175 miles sounds low to most runners, but I think it’s pretty good for a beginner who averaged 1-4 runs per month. Some months, the only running I did was the race scheduled to satisfy my New Year’s goal.
As I was running last night, I had a lot of time to think. I’m amazed at myself. Two weeks ago, when I hit my original 150 mile goal, I would have been happy staying at that number. It wasn’t until one of my running buddies challenged me to go for 175 miles that I decided to add on to my original goal. Obviously, I took the challenge and “ran with it.”
What I realized was that once I’m determined to hit a goal, prove someone wrong or just prove to myself I can do something, I seem to be unstoppable; this has been the case with my running and becoming a certified therapeutic riding instructor. I definitely don’t push myself when it comes to my real job. It’s clear to me now that it’s because I only really apply myself when I’m passionate about something. Apparently I need to find a career I’m passionate about.
I’ve decided that my 2012 goals are really going to be about personal growth in all areas of my life, not just fitness and weight loss, though those will still be a major part of my life. Fitness and being more active in general has really become part of my lifestyle and I’m going to keep it that way.
Earlier this week, I ordered PUSH by Chalene Johnson, creator of Turbo Jam, TurboFire and ChaLean Extreme. She is my favorite fitness personality and I’ve loved her motivation speaking videos I’ve watched on YouTube. When I found out she was releasing a motivational/life coaching book, I was excited to order it; it should arrive later this week or early next week and I’m looking forward to it. PUSH is about making the changes, in 30 days, to start achieving goals and dreams. I think this is a great read to start a new year.
In the next few days, as we approach January 1st, I’ll be publishing a post about my goals for 2012. I’m determined to make it a great one, maybe even better than 2011, which was an awesome year for me.