And like that, a goal has been surpassed.
It’s been a bumpy sort of year for me. More rediscoveries of self. Change in every direction. Bouts of stagnation lifted by energetic surges. And all of that so easily has the ability to wreck (or aid) in my goal setting and follow-through.
Thankfully, with this one manageable goal, I’ve done it. I’ve officially run the equivalent of a mile a day, each day for an entire year. To thank, I have my running shoes, a half-marathon training guide, a few fun 5Ks with friends, and the endurance that hasn’t left me since youth. I’m so thankful for this body that keeps pushing through the years. Even as it changes and reshapes itself, I still find solace and strength in exertion.
I haven’t done much thinking about resolutions for this new year – running or otherwise. I don’t want a date on the calendar to renew me. Instead, I want to keep focusing on the hobbies and interests as I always have. Perhaps dedicate myself a bit more. Hope that during down moments I continue with my goals and move forward.
In terms of running, my goals for the year are simple: Surpass another 365 miles. Train for another half marathon (May 6 in Pittsburgh). Run a few 5Ks with friends. Perhaps even tackle a 10K–something I haven’t done since 2004. Keep moving these legs. Change the way I feel about my body and settle into a nicer comfort zone.
I’m proud of this year. It’s no 1,000 miles like my friend Chandra (so impressed, lady!), but it’ll do. I set a goal, and I accomplished it. There is no sweeter gift than that.