living in the now

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

The fall focus

When I went for a run on Tuesday afternoon I had a blog post all cooked up in my head about how great September was both with the new family addition and having some great runs. Now I can’t even remember what exactly I was thinking about. A bike ride and another run later, September really feels like a long time ago. Such is life with a newborn and an almost 5-year-old. And I certainly wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Someone once told me they didn’t understand what I meant by there being so many other important things in life than running. It’s those more important things that are giving me some new focus this fall as I come off lower summer mileage and prepare for races at the end of the year. If I didn’t add to my family this year I very likely would have been in this same routine as the past few years of getting ready for a fall marathon.

Quite honestly, that would be boring.

As I head into fall with so much else going on around me, I feel like I can make the best of the my running time so much more than before. That’s my 30-60 minutes several times a week to get it done. That time will likely be very split in mornings, mid-day and night runs for the next few months.

My 13 goals for the year have kind of taken a backseat to everything else going on. There are certain things I know won’t happen, such as my fastest 5k, but I’ve replaced that with wanting to go for a 10-mile PR at Surf ‘n’ Santa in December. There are certain goals that I've hit or will hit, and those will all be deserving of their own posts over the next few months.

With the final quarter of the year staring at me, I’m ready to focus on just a few things with running and my overall fitness. The same will ring true for 2014. It’ll be my 10th year of running, and I want to have a few goals that will leave me focused and feeling satisified as I aim to reach them.

I’d love to go back and redo my 13 goals, but I’ll just let that be a lesson learned. I’ll look back on them later this year and see what worked, what didn’t and how I can apply everything to next year.