My oldest son’s youth baseball coach used to say, “So what, now what?” when things would get tough in a game. If the team struggled, this phrase communicated to the players not to accept defeat but to get out there and do something about it.

That is pretty much how I feel after my 2019 IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. Even though I successfully finished what was my tenth half marathon, I felt like I didn’t finish as well I could have.

This half marathon was a challenging one for me. I completed the race, even running the entire 13.1 miles, but my time was not as fast as in previous years… by a longshot. I went into this race with a different mindset than I had had in earlier years, so I wasn’t expecting to finish fast, but I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t sting a little.

It wasn’t all bad. I had a lot of fun, met my goal of completing, ran with a friend who cracks me up who I LOVE to run with, and I ate a lot of AMAZING food post-race, but I definitely felt a little defeated afterward.

So what, now what?

Well, it is time to keep pushing. 

As I type this post I am almost to day 100 of a run streak, something six months ago I never would have imagined I’d be dedicated enough to accomplish. Even though some days I may only run a mile or two, I have not gone a single day since August 1st without running. Who knows how long I will keep this going… the possibilities are endless!

I have other running goals too. I would really like to run a full in 2020. I need to sit down and get one on the calendar so I have a reason to keep pushing. I need to solidify my “now what.” 

If you are a runner you know how vital it is to set goals. Whether that be running three times per week, running 20 miles per week, or having 6 half marathons on the calendar next year. If you run without goals, you could potentially be setting yourself up for failure. 

So what, now what?

I’ll have to get back to you on that. But I WILL get back to you. Accountability is everything.

What about you? Do you have any big plans for 2020? Any amazing races on the calendar? Maybe a triathlon or Ironman on your radar? Some awesome running goals you’d like to share? 

Let me know. Let’s do this together!


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