Last year I set a goal to run 1006 miles. I reached my goal on the last day of 2013. Running 1006 miles was hard, stressful, and exhausting. Nearly all of my runs were at least 5 miles. During each of my 200+ runs I tried to squeeze in an extra couple of tenths in, knowing that those tenths would add up in the end.
Yesterday, I ran for the first time in 2014. I ran three miles. It was magical. The three mile run has always been my favorite distance. I can get it done in around 25 minutes, and I can push myself to run fast (relatively speaking).
I have put off setting running and reading goals for 2014. Beginning with the end in mind really pushes me. I ran an extra 350 miles and 400 books because of my 2013 goals, but I also found myself running when I didn’t want to and reading books that didn’t interest me.
I will set a running and reading goal for 2014. The goals will push me to read more and stay fit, but this year when setting my goal, I’m going to be sure that it leaves room for three mile runs.