Running. To…Away From 10.

I finished the post last Sunday.
It was titled “Running. To 10.”
567 words.
~ 50 minutes of prep.
The cursor lingered over the “PUBLISH” button.
My index finger hung over “ENTER” on the keyboard. (Pulse quickening. Typos? Is this Good Enough?)

I eased back my finger. (Your gut.  It’s usually right.)
I sent an email copy to Rachel who’s home on Fall break.
Blah. Blah. Blah. Dull. Re-run. Tired. Been there. Done that. One trick pony. Is that all you got?
Carpet-bombed by my own offspring.
Don’t you think that’s a bit harsh?
“Dad, you asked.  If you didn’t want to know, you shouldn’t have asked.”
I laugh. (I built this creature. Chip off the ol’ block.)

So, my finger moved from Publish to Delete.
And, 567 words and inspiration were vaporized.

So, here we are, another beautiful Sunday.
And, for Emerson and for me…
Consistancy is the hobgoblin of small minds.”

Last Sunday, the target was 10 miles.
Actual finish: 9.25 miles. (You quit. You came up short.)

Today, I was off (off) again.
With the NYC Marathon running today, I was inspired to take it up to 13.1 miles. 1/2 the distance of the marathon.

Scott Adams is right. Goals are for losers.

Time Check: 1 hour, 41 minutes & 46 seconds.
Mileage Check: 10.25 miles.

Way Short again.

Nap time.

To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. That’s literally true most of the time. For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, you will spend every moment until you reach the goal—if you reach it at all—feeling as if you were short of your goal. In other words, goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they hope will be temporary.

If you achieve your goal, you celebrate and feel terrific, but only until you realize that you just lost the thing that gave you purpose and direction. Your options are to feel empty and useless, perhaps enjoying the spoils of your success until they bore you, or to set new goals and re-enter the cycle of permanent pre-success failure.

~ Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert. See full article in

Image Credit: Your Eyes Blaze Out.

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  1. Glad you didn’t delete this post ~ good one! 🙂


  2. Ten and a quarter ain’t too bad….and may I suggest that as Rick Emmett would say….Follow Your Heart.


  3. never listen to your kids or your mind, you know better ) alwaysstay open and listen to your heart and your gut. love this post, glad your saved it from the ashes. and nice run. you only fell short of a goal you set for yourself, you went way beyond a goal for many. all a matter of perspective. be kind to yourself.


  4. Wow, that’s quite a run! I think if I had to, say a bear was chasing me, I could run a mile, but then again, the bear would still out run me and certainly have better speed than I do 🙂
    Goals are for games, right? Hockey pucks, footballs, soccer balls, and look at how beat up they get. You’re better than that!


  5. Well, this one’s a keeper! I like that perspective on goals. Sometimes I do think they are over-rated! 10.25 sounds like a fine distance to me (the girl who ran 4.5 today! :] )


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