I love having a run goal to keep me focused and motivated.
It has been a challenge and really tough at times but that for me is the perfect criteria for a great running goal – it should be both scary and exciting.
Here are some tips to help you with your run goals:
1. Be specific
Nothing sets you up to fail faster than making a wishy washy goal that you can’t measure. You will never truly know if you have achieved your goal if it is to ‘run more’, ‘be a better runner’ or to ‘focus on running this year’.
To stay engaged and – perhaps more importantly – to truly know when you have achieved your goal, make it real, make it measurable and make it something within your control.
2. Be realistic, but stretch yourself
It doesn’t matter what your run goal is just set one that will be a challenge for you to achieve.
Running for me and the Running Divas community is all about achievement not the pace or distance.
Your run goal should be something just about you and what will test and keep you motivated to achieve when it gets really hard.
It’s important not to compare yourself to others as well.
3. A goal without a plan is a dream
Now you have a goal in place, break it down into bite-sized chunks and work out how you will get to each milestone.
I believe that you should have a well balanced training plan that you can print off and then tick each session as you complete them. This is super motivating.
4. Make yourself accountable
Nothing will keep you more accountable than telling everyone around you what your running goal is. Shout it from the roof tops.
Then keep regularly updating, so that you can share your journey.
This is one of the things that I love about the Running Divas Member Group, that we share the highs, the lows and everything in between to keep ourselves going on our run journey.
5. Visualise how great it will be to achieve that goal
Will it be hard work? Of course. All worthwhile goals are. But take some time regularly to visualise what it will feel like to achieve that goal and what this run goal means to you.
For me when I am having a tough day in training or during a race all I visualise is crossing that finish line and having the medal put around my neck. That feeling of achievement is unbelievable and knowing that you really can achieve anything you decide.
What are your run goals?