The clock struck midnight and my stomach sank… What in the world did I get myself into this year? My 2017 goals have been set for quite some time and I have been working toward them for several months now. Everything was going great until December hit and I crumbled… I’m not sure what happen but I lost my edge, my positive attitude and my will to work out. As I was moving some cars at work last night, I took time to enjoy the beautiful soft snow falling. I watched it like a little kid that has never seen snow before. My troubles began to melt away. I felt a genuine smile come over my face and a big sigh of relief took over my body. I went straight home and ran. I haven’t truly felt like running in a month and I couldn’t wait to get my shoes on and just go!

Fear has been a big part of my problem. I’m so scared of failing at my goals that I just clammed up. I was focused on all the negative energy. I was focused on the fear of not reaching my goals. I think the more I looked at the negative, the worse my head hurt and it all translated into physical pain and mental anguish. So, back to the positive. This is a nice firm reminder to stay focused on the goal and know that anything can happen if I just stay positive and keep working hard toward my goals.

2017 Goals

Complete Buffalo 100 mile race at Antelope Island under 30 hours
Colfax 26.2 Sub 3:30
Complete 50 mile race (Silver Rush or Sheep Mountain) July
Be a successful and positive pacer for many races
Complete Leadville 100 Trail Race SUB 25 Hours
Complete 13.1 Sub 1:30
Run 2200 miles in 2017
Here’s to a positive, healthy, successful and epic 2017 race season!

Run Epic my Friends!

Note: Since I have written this there has been a few changes to my situation… I won’t change my goals, but the process will be modified as needed. Staying healthy is priority number one to make sure I can work toward and accomplish these!

Published by Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler is a father, running, fitness, weight loss and personal development addict. Formally 400 pounds, Gary has naturally lost 200 pounds, created a coaching & speaking business and has become a 100 mile ultra-runner. Holding a degree in Psychology & Sociology, certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, mindset & behavioral modification coaching, a certification in DISC personality assessment coaching and he is a certified speaker, coach & mentor with the John Maxwell Team. Gary firmly believes, if we take One Step at a Time, nothing is impossible. He is determined to let his actions show people what is possible and hopes to help you shake up your thoughts, change your actions and create your future.

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