This is the fourth post in a series of eleven -- we'll be checking in on 2013 goals on the 1st of each month - just look for the "do you know where you goals are" tag!
Today is May 1st (5th). The first third of the year is over. Are you where you expected to be by now? How do you know?
Kristen and I each have three running goals for 2013:
- States: Run a 5k in each of the 50 states
- Miles: Run 1000 miles
- Time: Run a 5k in 17:00 (Barry) or 20:00 (Kristen)
There is a popular aphorism among business/personal development/20-something blogs: "There is no such thing as a lack of time, only a lack of priorities."
Obviously, we haven't prioritized this blog over the last month. I've prioritized an intense period at work, while Kristen has been working on preparing for her NASM certification exam.
With respect to our overarching goal of running a race each state, I've come to realize that we can't right now prioritize the necessary travel financially or from a schedule perspective. As such, we've decided to make some adjustments.
Means and Ends
Time to provide an aphorism of my own: "Goals are not a location on a map, they are a heading on a compass."
Goals are a great tool to drive us towards what we want, but we can never be sure that they'll lead us to what we desire. Blindly pursuing a goal can mean you travel off course for a long time. It's critical to not only keep tabs on your progress against goals, but evaluate whether they're bringing you the desired success/results/feelings.
In our case, the whole point of the "running the nation" goal was to get us to run more and travel more. I think it was pretty effective to this point, but we did run into some issues.
Though the ambition of the 50 states in a year goal was motivating, it forced us to focus on travel in the literal sense rather than "Travel". While it is fun to figure out the puzzle of getting to each state, and fun to find races in two states two hours apart, we felt that we weren't really getting to experience the different states. What did we really see in Connecticut except I-95 and 3.1 miles of road obscured by sweaty eyes and knee pain?
Additionally, the pressure of finding money or sponsorships, and racing back to avoid taking days of work ended up being a bit demotivating. Once we fell off the wagon for a few weeks, it was hard to own up to and blog. Even our personal running fell off a bit, and that's no good.
In response, just like a good startup, we're making a pivot. We still want to run the nation and travel to each state. We still want running to be a central part of that travel. We still want to push ourselves and our bodies. We want to travel with depth and experience each state, and that requires making this a longer term goal. At the same time, we don't want to let our foot off the gas with respect to running. We're going to figure out the best way to keep our running goal intense and ensure that we can keep travel and running priorities in our life.
Of course, this is all for ourselves, so we can do whatever the hell we want!