Fall Running and End of Year Goals Check

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, I’ll always get up after I fall. And whether I run , walk or have to crawl, I’ll set my goals and achieve them all.

Who would have “thunk” it? I mean, Thanksgiving is less than a week away, we have about a month left of Fall and the year’s end is less than a month and a half away at this point. If your life is anything like mine, or even if you’re the average Jane just taken up with getting life done daily, I’ll wager that you’re one of those that’s watching the fast-approaching New Year with some trepidation and the sound of the words “Wait, I’m not done yet!” are not just mine I hear echoing.

Most of us make a big deal about setting goals at the beginning of the year with every intention of seeing our very noble ambitions come to fruition by the year’s end. But unless you’re a human machine, by which I mean you’re perfect, then it’s probably not turning out quite the way you planned it. Welcome to life. The good news is that you’re not alone. On the other hand, there’s not a lot of time left if you’re wanting to separate yourself from the pack.

We, who are focused and goal-oriented, understand that fulfilling all our goals in a given year has a 55% or greater chance of not happening; yet we make them anyway because we’d rather have a success rate of 75% than nothing to show after 365/6 days. And so that’s where I’m going to assume you’re at – more than half way there. We can recommit to making the most of this last month of fall days, as for sure colder weather is on its way and then we’ll have to reconfigure what that means for running. Right now, the parks are lovely, the sun is still warm and daytime running is happening.

For those of us still goal focused then this is the time to make it happen. Let these last weeks count and stay the course. Granted, there’s only so much you can do and that’s fine. Each day is a day to push forward just a little and bit by bit we will get there. So drum up those miles, get some training in if there’s a race coming up, run some new routes (for the adventurous) or just basically enjoy running for the next few weeks and stay fit (even with and after all the turkey and holiday treats). While we rarely get do-overs in life, each day presents an opportunity to either start something new or add to what we’ve already done. My promise is, come December 31, when you’ve given it your all, you’ll be glad you did.

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