Monday, July 3, 2017

July...Time to Re-Evaluate How Your Year Is Going

Since we are now in the month of July and half way done with the year, I figured it would be a great time to re-evaluate my goals/resolutions for the year. I was already pregnant at the beginning of the year so I really didn't have any fitness goals. Correction...I did have goals but they had to be adjusted real quick. That was a first for me since I usually plan out my racing calendar by the beginning of the year. I map out what races I want to sign up for and what my goal times are for each one.  On the calendar I initially had 4 races plus the Ragnar Relay for the year. Originally my goal was to train for a PR during my first race in January. I was still coming off my marathon high from the Chicago Marathon so my training was on point. But then life threw me the greatest curve ball which forced me to adjust my race goals and pretty much cancel all races until further notice, my little miracle baby.

See, I was barely seven weeks pregnant at the start of the year and was considered high risk because of my struggles with infertility. I was literally on pins and needles trying to keep my growing baby alive and well. My biggest fear was of course having a miscarriage in the first trimester.  Once I received the green light from my doctor saying I could run, my goal changed from setting a PR in my January race to just finishing the race and enjoying the course. As for the remaining races, well I quickly decided that it was in the best interest of my baby to take it easy and try to enjoy this pregnancy.

During this pregnancy, I learned real quick that I needed to change my way of thinking. When I made it to the second trimester, it was like a sigh of relief. The chances of my baby making it to full term grew exponentially and that's when my way of thinking started to shift. In life nothing is guaranteed and even as much as we plan and prepare, things can always take a different direction. It's the curve balls that challenge us and test us. They can either break us or make us wiser and stronger. At the beginning of the year I came across this quote:

This quote literally spoke volumes to me. I have since applied it to my personal life, my work life, and my fitness goals.  Maybe this year isn't going according to what you had in mind. What are you doing to fix it? What are you doing to get back on track? Life will always provide road blocks that get us off track but it's what we do to get back on course that makes us stronger. So I guess what I am trying to say is take the time to re-evaluate how your year is going and remember that challenges are placed in our path to make us appreciate all that we have. For example, even though I have not been able to run my typical mileage this year, I am extremely grateful that my body is allowing me to get any exercise done. I've still been able to enjoy runs, spin classes, yoga, swim, and even attend November Project. I am 33 weeks pregnant and now take each day by day. As for my work life, I am still able to work and provide a stable paycheck for my family.  I have not had any complications with work and I still enjoy doing what I love. I am extremely appreciative of my coworkers since they go out of their way to make me comfortable during our long 12 hour night shifts. I can't plan my life like I used to (which is new for me), but I now listen to my body.  If my body says you need rest, I listen. If my body says you can go for a run, then I run. Learning to let go has probably been my biggest challenge but jus as the quote says, it's made my life so much more meaningful.

How is your year going?

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I am linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons

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