Finding myself these days at a rather odd fork in the road with my running.
On one side of the fork is a tiny glimmer of hope of the things that are to come which my heart aches for, things that with quite a bit of work and self-belief are out there just waiting for me to take on.
Then there is that other side of the fork, the side that is the road less traveled for me where expectations don't exist and the pace is more of a go with the flow kinda thing.
I'm no stranger to setting big hairy goals for myself and setting my sights well outside of my comfort zone. But for me things never seem to pan out remotely close to where I anticipated they would lead, and the achievement (or lack thereof) those GIANT relentless pursuits never seem to bring the desired outcome.
It doesn't take much time before they annihilate hope and turn me down a road where I just find the need to become further and further removed from logic wrapping myself up in myself.
And that is not an attractive quality.
Goals have the ability to build people up, motivate them towards a brighter future, and radiate positivity onto everything they touch.
But they can also give a false sense of security and can make a seeing man blind.
Goals have the power to make you feel like you're on track to all thats well and good, yet lead you astray from your true path in life missing out on some truly sweet sweet moments.
I more times than not fall into the latter of the two categories.
Especially when it comes to running.
That being said, I've decided to try something different this year:
there will be no goal races.
there will be no goal finish times.
there will be no mileage or workout expectations.
there will continue to be no plan.
and there really will be no goals.
I'm just gonna to keep doing my thang. Bending when life tells me to bend and forfeiting expectation of where I feel I should be headed. Just live my life for once and not become a slave to my running goals.
Hopefully that opens the window for more runs like these,
And if it doesn't, I'm okay with that.
Cause I'm taking the road less traveled this time around anyways.