March is upon us, so it seemed like a good time to review my Q1 goals the other day. I successfully hosted the big party in my house last week (my Q1 relationships goal). Parties are a wonderful forcing mechanism. I de-cluttered much of the first floor. Indeed, I remodeled the two first floor bathrooms last fall partly with an eye to hosting parties! I completely emptied out the front coat closet so it is now usable, and I bought 48 matching wine glasses. This all makes me feel much more grown-up.
As for the professional goal, I have an idea for a book. I have written a short book proposal. We shall see what comes of that.
The personal goal, alas, is more complicated. I said I wanted to be able to get through the full 18-minute treadmill workout I clipped from Oxygen magazine last year. This workout is entirely doable except for the 2 minutes at 9.0 mph. I can do the progressive ramp-up of 2 minutes at 6.0 mph, 7.0 mph, and then 8.0 mph, but I keep tanking before the end of the final two minutes. My record is 1:30 at 9.0 mph after the ramp-up and that was unusual. More often I stop after 1:10 or 1:15. We are into March now, and I have a lot of travel coming over the next few weeks, which means that my training time will be limited. In other words, it is quite possible I will not make it through the whole workout by March 31st.
To be sure, there is something to be said for keeping one’s eye on the larger goal. The reason I am trying to make it through this workout is that I want to be faster. I am definitely faster now than I was 3 months ago. In the course of throwing myself against those final 2 minutes at 9.0 mph, I have managed to run my first 8-minute mile, run half a mile at 8.0 mph (7:30 pace), and done workouts involving 8 intervals of 1-minute at 9.0 or higher. Indeed, yesterday I did an interval workout that involved jacking that treadmill up to 10.0 mph several times. I went about 25 seconds a pop.
So there is that. It is just the 2 minutes at 9.0 mph that is bedeviling me. I think I have some sort of mental block (in addition to it being rather physically challenging). We shall see how this goes over the next few weeks. Part of me wants to just say screw it, I accept that I will never be that fast. But I suppose I will keep trying, right up until March 31.
Have you ever set a goal that you realized might not be achievable? How did you sort that out?
In other words: I am working on a piece on how to be a good friend, even when life is busy. I would love to interview some people — possibly friend pairs! — who have managed to maintain their relationships during some busy seasons of life. You can always email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.