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Half-way to failure

This entry was posted on Monday, July 1st, 2013 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: running, goals, ego, confession

A year ago this time, I was excitedly telling you that I was half-way to succeeding in my 2012 Race a Month Challenge. Sadly, half-way through my 2013 challenge, I’m here to tell you that I’m failing miserably.

The year started with a missed race because of weather followed by race cancellations due to forestry work. I finally managed my first race of the year in March followed by a disastrous race in April.

In May I had to cancel my marathon plans because of a low platelet count and various minor illnesses kept me from running any races in June (though I did manage some training runs).

So here I am, half-way through the year and only two races under my belt—when I should have at least six. Worse is that I don’t know if I will manage a race for July because I’ve yet to find one I can travel to. And I don’t know what country I’ll be in come August, so I can’t register for a race that month.

What does all of this mean? Well, it means that I need to manage 10 races in the next six months. I don’t know if I can do it, but I do know I need to figure out a way to make it happen. Because I can’t not make good on a New Year’s challenge—that would be so un-me!

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