New to running? Got a particular goal in mind or are you just aiming to get started
Why running goals are so important
Setting your running goals is invaluable as they act an impetus to get started but also help to keep you motivated too.
Goals can be as simple as ‘ running for 10 minutes 3 times a week, completing a weekly parkrun (5K), or taking part in a charity fun run, a 5k race or something a little more audacious such as a half or full marathon.
Inspirational fact – Dimitrion Yordandis was 98 years old when he finished a 26 mile marathon on October 10th, 1976
Get a running goal plan
Goals need to be part of a plan, as this allows you to break the challenge into manageable chunks, increasing your likelihood of success (and enjoyment!).
Examples of a running plan
- Download the running app
- Get started ‘take that first step’
- Run non stop for XX distance/time
- Enter a particular race
- Run in memory of a loved one
- Lose weight
- Get some fresh air (if running outdoors)
- Run a Personal Best ‘PB’ time
- Make my family proud
- Have fun (release those natural endorphins)
- Run with a buddy – share the goal
When a plan goes off-piste
But like all plans, you can lose focus or the week doesn’t go as planned. If your plan goes wrong do not view this as a failure – it is just a blip – don’t give up, just reset. Take a look at ways to stay motivated.
The end is in sight
Like any challenge the prospect can be scary and self doubt can creep in. Plans can keep you motivated as you break the challenge into those manageable chunks. Always keep a focus on the end goal. You’ve got this!
‘You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream’ – CS Lewis