I'm definitely a goal oriented person. Pretty much if I don't have a reason to get something done it won't happen, I rarely do something just to do it. I'm sure there is something wrong with that way of doing things, but that's my way. I have housework goals... unload the dishwasher before the sink gets filled with dirty dishes, get showered and dressed before kindergarten pickup at noon, get the laundry washed, folded and put away before the laundry bins fill up again, dust before any out of town visitors get here (is once every couple of months enough?), mop before my husband get tired of sticking to the floor and does it himself (or maybe that goal is to see how sticky I can let the floor get before he does mop :D), some of those might be slightly exaggerated, but you get my point.
Running is the rare exception to my goal rule. I think, even if I didn't have a reason to run (i.e. keeping my sanity) I'd probably still do it. Although that being said, I probably wouldn't do it at the frequency or intensity that I do when training for a race. The last couple of weeks, I was kind of slacking in the running department. I'm not really sure why, I actually have a few races on the books, a 5K this weekend and a half-marathon in November with hopefully a few more 5Ks sprinkled in, but I couldn't find much motivation to get out the door. The silly thing is I still got most of my mileage in (had to make that weekly mileage goal), it was just crammed into a few days instead of spread out during the week. For example, last week I only ran 3 days, but still managed a 36 mile week... I don't think that's probably the best thing to do. I'm not really sure where I'm going with this other than to let you in on my newest goal. I was looking at my numbers (my pr's, my weekly mileages of late, how long my "maternity leave" was... ) and I noticed that my yearly mileage was at 748 miles, which means I'm only 252 miles away from running 1000 miles this year. Hello! New goal and one that can sustain me through the rest of the soon to be cold and rainy year. After doing a little math (on the calculator of course because I HATE math) I concluded that, counting this week, I only have to average 23 miles a week and I can hit 1000 miles! Since I've been averaging closer to 40 miles, I think this is a goal I can easily accomplish (unlike the laundry one) and will get me out there even when it is cold and rainy.
How is your year shaping up? Did you set a goal at the beginning of the year that you are close to accomplishing or already finished? I think I'll plan a little earlier next year and maybe set my sights a little bit higher... marathon training should help.