Goals for 2020, Keeping It Real, Running

Grateful for Octobers

Today starts a new month. While I truly believe that every moment can be a new beginning, there’s something about flipping the calendar page. A fresh start.

I try to set goals for myself each month. A lot of times they are health related – “girl, stay hydrated.” Or run all the miles. For the last 4 years, October has meant taper time and carb loading for my fall marathon. It won’t be that way this October, thanks COVID.

September wrapped up with me running 7 days in a row, averaging around 4 miles each day, just so I could get a challenge badge on Garmin. I’m going for the same goal this month – I’m just not going to run over half of the miles in the last week of the month!

I’ll be wrapping up the Beachbody program “3 Week Yoga Retreat” this week. I’ve really enjoyed the program. I plan to follow a “base building” running plan in October, using yoga as my cross training.

I have 2 or 3 virtual races planned – a 5k on World Mental Health Day, a leg of a marathon relay for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and another 5k that I haven’t picked out yet – most likely one that supports fundraising for breast cancer awareness/research.

Although I have these plans and goals, my biggest focus is to stay in the present as much as possible. I’ve really refocused my priorities since August and my overall state of mind is so much better. I am continuing on that trajectory for October. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad about not running 26.2 this year… but I also have realized that I made the right decision to not commit to a marathon. I’m not sure when the next one will be. I will be Marathon Megan again some day.

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