77 days ...

There are 77 days left in 2017. That's it. 77. 

And I'm not sitting around waiting for time to pass to "start over" or start something new. I am, quite simply, tired of those words and tired of that mentality with A LOT OF THINGS, especially when it comes to running. 

A little more than a month ago, I finally dropped "Running Because" because it didn't fit me. It doesn't mean I'm giving up on running ... it simply means that running won't define me in the online world. 

Now that I've been going to the gym regularly for several months and doing all the things I rarely did while running, I have a whole new approach and mindset to fitness. I will get back to running one day, but it's going to be completely different. 

There's no doubt that 2017 has been a failure in a lot of ways, but at the end of the next 77 days, I don't want to look back on the year and think that it was horrible just because a couple of illnesses and injuries threw off my running goals. 

So what can I do in the next 77 days? Here are some thoughts I've had since starting this post (which was at 82 days when I saved it in draft at the end of that question):

- Whatever old way of thinking I had before isn't going to work. It's time for a new mentality. While having three goals each month works to some degree, it's OLD. It may not completely go away, but I'm not setting three goals every month. 

- Mileage is not important. When it comes to running, over the next two and a half months, I'm running whatever feels right. Maybe it will be a tenth of a mile, or maybe I'll try running 2 miles. I've got to focus on just moving forward without focusing on miles for a little while. I may vaguely post to social media more than I already do about running and not being specific with my distance.

- I want to reconnect with old running friends. It's been 2 years since an AMAZING experience at the Runner's World Festival where I made awesome connections. I've lost touch with too many of those people for a variety of reasons. 

- I will continue to ride my bike, a lot. And yes, mileage will be a focus and I'll set goals based on mileage, but I'm learning more and more that time on the bike is more important than distance.

- I will also continue to lift weights and do lots of push-ups. The last time I felt this strong was well before I ever ran my first race in 2004. I have finally moved beyond that point of "I need to do more with cross training" to being really strong. 

- When Dec. 31 gets here, I want to be able to reflect on this post and not be disappointed in myself. And that, my friends, is truly what I'm after ...