As I have run off and on over the years I have had one goal: to complete a half marathon. I completed this goal on November 3, 2013. Now I find myself floundering. Why should I go for that run? I reached my goal and fill-in-the-blank needs to be done around the house.

I want to run still but I don’t know what to run for. What goal should I set now? I don’t have much desire to do a full marathon. And by much I mean no desire. Do I schedule another half for next fall/winter? Do I stick to shorter races such as 15 or 10 Ks? Do I just do a run as my cardio workout?

I feel lost and without direction. I don’t know where I want to go with my running. I do know other fitness goals I have, such as get back into weight lifting and work on core strength. I also want to test out the RushFit videos I have. Lastly, I’d like to do boxing or kickboxing.

But I can’t figure out running. I feel stuck. I feel like I am spinning my wheels. I plan to finish the race season and then take a break to figure this out. I have a few races scheduled for January, March and April then it will be a running break. Hopefully I will be able to come up with a new goal.

What did you do when you reached an ultimate goal? What suggestions do you have for new running goals?


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.