Wait…It’s Over? Was Summer Shorter This Year?

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Well that was a fast summer. I had big plans for this summer and somehow it seems to have disappeared before I could even get started. Most local schools are starting back today and with that my schedule goes from starting early if I want a morning run to starting VERY early if I want a morning run. I love morning runs, but I hate VERY early morning runs.

After finishing the Horse Capital Marathon early this year I had hoped to spend the rest of the summer working on speed to try and improve my 5K personal record. For some reason I have never been able to pull it together and have a good 5K. When I started running my goal was to just get through a 5K and I have done that numerous time, but now I want something a little more. I want to prove to myself that I can do better than the pitiful showings I have done in the past. Now, when it comes right down to it there is nothing pitiful about any finish time to any race. If you  work hard and push yourself you are doing good things for your body and that makes you a winner.

I am motivated by challenge. If I am not conquering a goal it is easy for me to get lazy (really easy and really lazy). I have a couple goals that I still want to conquer and I really though that this summer I could knock a couple more off this list. Things don’t always work out the way you want. Sometimes though that turns out to be an amazing thing. One major reason that I am behind on my goals is the amount of time I have been away from home in July and now August. My family usually takes a week long summer vacation each year and we did this year too. This year though it fell into 4th of July and we were able to spend a couple extra days away together. That was a blast and spending time with my wife and daughters is my comfort zone.

After that, I had the opportunity to go out west with a couple guys from work. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity because most of the cost was going to be covered for a huge trip to places I always wanted to go. There was a lot of prep needed at work to be gone for this trip and I worked hard leading into that trip to be sure the shop was ready for some of us to be gone. Things went great at work and I was absolutely blown away by the things I saw out west. I summited a mountain in Washington State, did a 10 mile hike through smoke from a forest fire in Idaho, and experienced Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and Glacier National. I am so glad this trip happened. Some of these places I will quite possibly never return to, but I hope to see them all again.

My point is that my goals for the summer got blown out of the water by other things. It’s important in life to be flexible. Experience life instead of trying to control life. A lot of times what we think is important, becomes much less so when we slow down and enjoy the experiences around us. I still want to improve my 5K and I plan to run the Rugged Red which will be a major undertaking. I doubt either of those things will be as rewarding as the experiences I had this summer.

Goals are good. Challenging yourself is important, but don’t let your motivation keep you from experiencing the little things in life that happen along the way.