February’s goals didn’t quite pan out like I expected. My running goals changed dramatically. Although I was running 3 times a week, it came to the point where I was just trying to finish the miles, not running for any time goal. And now I’ve come to a dead stop. Since I’m not exercising until my shingles are completely gone, it’s all up in the air. I could be back in the game next weekend, or it could take a matter of weeks. It changes a lot.
- Heal. Right now, I’m only focused on healing my shingles and getting better. I’m not in extreme pain, but it is uncomfortable. I just want to feel like myself again. I’ve never been one to take my good health for granted, but being sick does make you appreciate all those good times all the more.
- Learn how to cope with stress. Obviously, what I’m doing isn’t working. As much as I thought I was good at dealing with all my stress, I guess I’m not. I need to learn how to de-stress, some of it involving eliminating caffeine, eating better, and exercising. While I am doing the latter on a fairly consistent basis, I do need to really kick it up a notch.
- Work on my short story and have it ready to present. March 24th is the date I’ve been dreading. I have to present my short story to my creative writing class. I am in a class with some really good writers. I know I am a good writer, but these people intimidate me. I’ve done a little work with my story, but I really need to set aside 30 minutes to an hour a day to put in some serious work on it. I think my nerves will be a lot less intense if I know I have a great story that I’m excited to share.