Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Everything in moderation, including moderation. – Oscar Wilde
On my last post on goal setting, a friend stated that she had decided not to make resolutions or set goals for the New Year because she had learned that it only set her up for disappointment.
“I put too much pressure on myself when I don't achieve them. I've finally accepted that I can live each day as a gift and find opportunity and learning experiences from each one,” she wrote.
There is nothing like knowing yourself! What works for one personality doesn’t necessarily work for another.
I´ve been running since I was a kid, mostly for my own enjoyment, and because it clears my mind. Lately a friend of mine has been asking me to run a half marathon with her. I’m used to running with no goal in mind, just for pleasure. But before the year ended, I felt the itch of a challenge and started to increase my mileage. It felt good to know I could run over 5 miles at a stretch, but it wasn’t so much fun to experience joint pain and fatigue. At one point I was over trained and exhausted.
I gradually cut back to my normal pace, which is rather moderate and realized that I don’t want to run a half marathon. I want to continue to enjoy running at my own pace and in moderation. I feel much better physically and emotionally already.
Running a few times a week for almost 40 years, consistently and moderately has taken me to a place of fitness and wellbeing that I enjoy. It may not work for other more competitive types, but it works for me.
So, I crossed off “running a half-marathon” of my list of goals for the year!
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