Last December, I was hesitant to set any running goals for myself because I didn’t know how my knee would respond after flaring up during the Chicago Marathon in October.
Well, we all know how 2020 turned out and I’m actually grateful I did not set any goals. I already feel bad about letting my fitness go to shit while being stuck at home because of the pandemic, imagine how shitty I would feel if I had set goals and then wasn’t able to accomplish them either because a race was canceled or I just got lazy when all of my routines were shattered by stay-at-home and work-from-home orders.
I’m in the middle of a nine-day vacation and I hoped that having some time off from work would spark a turn around in motivation. In fact, it hasn’t changed a thing. I’m just spending my time sitting at my desk watching TV instead of working. I’m walking to the kitchen even more often for snacks. I’m struggling to talk myself to go for a run, putting it off until later in the day because I don’t have to work, and then not going at all. Running isn’t any fun because stuff hurts (my left ankle right now, to be specific), I’ve lost all my fitness, and I have nothing to train for.
I’ve also had plenty of time to think about whether or not I want to set any goals for 2021. The new year starts in just over two weeks and while I don’t like to wait around for the new year to my ass in gear, it is a good time to pause and reset. It’s a good time to set some new goals.
In 2017 I deal with the same type of knee problems as I dealing with at the end of last year. I set one simple goal in December 2017, “JUST FUCKING RUN.” I spoke of that goal again last December and I guess I have to say I accomplished it both times. I have been able to run for much of this year, and I’ve had some good moments, it just hasn’t always felt great and hasn’t been a lot of fun.
So maybe that should be my goal, simply to have fun. Last summer, when I was training for the Chicago Marathon, running was fun. Earlier this year, when I was done with rehab and getting back to training again, running was fun. I want to have that kind of fun again. I want to drop these 25 pounds I have gained since the Chicago Marathon and be able to go run for an hour just because it is Thursday. I want to build back the strength I gained last summer and do speed sessions on Wednesday night that last for an hour and a half. I went to run 50-60 miles a week. I want to get fit. I want to be motivated to get out the door, to my physical therapy, to eat the right food.
Yeah, that’s a goal I can get down with.