September is self-improvement month. 

It’s also a good time to “fall” back into your goals. A few months ago we talked about a goal refresh. Have you stuck to those goals or, like me, have you gotten a little off track? I find it’s helpful to review your goals every few months. 

Since we are all about self-improvement this month, let’s take some time to recommit to those goals and take care of ourselves. What area do you need to focus on to take care of your needs?

For me, I need to really focus on my marathon goal. I struggled a bit in July and August. I had a few breakdowns and almost quit several times. I wanted to throw in the towel after August. 

But if I give up now, how would I feel?

I would feel disappointed in myself for not really giving the marathon a try this time. I am not sick. I am not recovering from a broken leg. There is nothing wrong with me except my belief in myself. 

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I was so over running in August

I struggle with believing I can run 26.2 miles. It’s hard and my brain gives up. Often. And each time it’s happened this summer I’ve taken a day or two to reinforce that this is indeed a goal I want to achieve and one I am physically able to do. 

I have to tell my brain to shut it.

August turned out to be my highest mileage month ever. I didn’t make my goal mileage. I didn’t get in all of my long runs. BUT I RAN THE MOST I EVER RAN IN A MONTH! That is amazing! 

And now I am ready to face September. I have my plan and my goals. I will work on it day by day and remind myself, I can do this. If my brain wants to quit? I’ll say, “brain? Shut the eff up!” and keep pushing through. 

Ignoring and replacing the negative self-talk is my self-improvement for September. 

What goals are you working on this month? How will you practice self-improvement this month?

Drop your goals and self-improvement in the comments!

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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.