Goals 2019: State after May

2nd of June

Five months into 2019. January, February, March, April are done, so I am thinking about my yearly goals again now that May has ended as well. 

For me, it was a crappy month, unfortunately. After ending our awesome trip to the other end of the world, we came back into our home country to bad weather for weeks. This has an impact on me that I am barely able to shake off. Also, the end of what was probably the best four months of my life to date put me into a sad state of mind. Motivation for several things went out the window. 

Now that the month of May has ended, I am happy to say that it all improved again and I’m feeling better, fresh and motivated just like before. I guess I need the downs to have the ups as well. 

Here’s the result of sad May. 

Goal 1: Run one Marathon per Month.

❌ Result: 0 marathons. 

Initially, I had a slot secured at Edinburgh Marathon for 26th of May, but for several reasons I ended up not going. This wasn’t a lack of motivation first and foremost, but rather a logistical and timing issue. There’ll be another chance, I hope. 

So far I have completed six marathons and ultramarathons in 2019, so I am still one ahead and could afford to miss May’s target. 

Goal 2: Run 2,000 Kilometers (166.67 per Month).

❌ Result: 75.4 kilometers. 

A whopping deficit of 91.27 kilometers. This goal is not really failed though, because the year is far from over. Here, I also still have a big surplus. At the end of May the counter was at 1,002 kilometers when I just “need” to have 833.33. Not a problem, I think. 

Goal 3: Run Every Other Day.

❌ Result: 8 runs.

That was weak. I had two lazy streaks of more than a week each where I just couldn’t get myself out the door in running clothes. No chance. Towards the end of the month I did double run days to make up for the lost numbers and that felt good. The 2019 total is at 70 runs after 151 days, which is 76, so that’s 6 runs to squeeze in during the upcoming months. It seems doable to me to catch up on this. 

Goal 4: Walk 5 Million Steps (13,700 per Day).

❌ Result: 12,006 steps on average.

You can see my initial lack of motivation but also a clear upwards trend
You can see my initial lack of motivation but also a clear upwards trend

As with Goal 2 I still have a good chance to succeed at this goal because there are seven more months to literally go. And I’m above what’s needed by quite a bit, still.

Pretty sure this will continue to stay up high
Pretty sure this will continue to stay up high

Goal 5: Read 12 Books (1 per Month).

❌ Result: 0 books.

I started reading the very interesting Creativity Inc. by Pixar founder Ed Catmull, which I enjoyed but only made it to about 66 percent by the end of the month. It’s a longer book than what I’m used to and the daily Hamburg routine didn’t allow for as much reading as the New Zealand routine did. It will be a challenge to integrate more reading into the days in June, but I’m motivated to do so.

Good thing I already devoured six books total in 2019, so I’m also still on track to reach this goal by the end of 2019.


Yes, that was a complete fail on all five goals. Worst month so far. But the most important thing is that I found my Mojo again and still am on track to reaching all of them. I plan on surpassing all the goals in June again – and already have one of them in the bag. 


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