My brother just completed the Bay State Area Half marathon--his first half marathon, in under his goal of 1 hour and 50 minutes #proudsister. After his run, he gave us a recap which is the perfect metaphor for this time of the year...
He told us he set a goal pace for himself and his watch would tell him at different points in time if he was ahead or behind his goal. And the last couple of miles, when others were running out of steam, he started to pick up his pace. Typically, runners sprint for the last mile or so, but he started off a little earlier and really went for it--I mean, he must have ran past at least 30 people to the finish line, finishing 13.2 miles in 1 hour, 47 minutes and 21 seconds (can't leave those seconds out!!). Now you know you ran hard when people are congratulating you at the finish line.
There are so many lessons to learn from this story, but since we're getting closer to the end of the year, I want to focus on that final sprint. I am a huge believer in writing down your goals for the year, and breaking them up into milestones to keep you on track. And as much as we should keep a good pace throughout the year, life happens, sometimes we stumble a little and lose momentum.
I was going over my goals for the year and noticed some areas where my pace wasn't always the best. And as I started to plan out how to still achieve them before the year runs out, I started to lower my expectations on some of those goals thinking...
"there's not that much time left..."
The minute I caught myself making excuses already, I made a decision to challenge myself this year to pick up my pace, and run hard to not only meet my goals, but exceed them, and set a new pace for next year.
So instead of beating yourself up for the things you did not do this year and rolling them over to next year, how about using these last few months of the year to pick up that pace and give it all you've got.