One of the changes that I have made in my physical life is my running.
Running, frankly, feel off a great deal after August. I am not sure why - there is always the recovery after running any kind of race, but this went further. Lack of interest I would guess. It got to the point where I was not running at all, which is not a particularly good development.
So I changed that up this year. I changed it by changing my goal this year.
This year I am not so concerned with doing obstacle races - if I do one or two that would be fine, but that has become an "I did it thing" - and really, more and longer would simply be an extension of that, not necessarily the accomplishment I am trying for. This year I am instead going for mileage - which is something that has all hallmarks of a good goal: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound.
My goal this year is 750 miles. That sounds like a lot, sitting on this side of the year. But it really is not. 15 or so miles a week. Subdivide that into 5 to 7 running days and suddenly that becomes quite a manageable task.
I am not a speed runner. I have never really been a speed runner. And maybe that is not important. What does matter is that I run - and measuring things by distance is a way to push me forward towards that.
What has the week brought so far? 5.5 miles or so. Not a great deal, considering the total distance I have to run. But at least it is something.
And being less concerned about how fast I am running has made me more willing to do so.