Goals help people stay motivated and focused. Goals should be measurable, achievable, time-bound, realistic and sustainable. When it comes to running, these are 8 running goals every runner needs to have:
- Run non-stop. Whether it’s to the end of the block, five minutes, or a 10k, have a goal to run non stop. This is particularly important for short-distance running.
- Run regularly. Don’t just run once a week. Run 3-5 days a week for the ultimate success.
- Reach for a distance. If you can run 5k, set a goal to run 10k. If you can run a half, go for a marathon. Always continue to challenge yourself to run further.
- Complete a race. Races are a great goal because they are a fixed date that you have to train for.
- Personal Best. After you’ve ran your first race, always strive for a new personal best.
- Take breaks. After months and months of training, and the race is over, take a short break, then get back into training.
- Learn from your mistakes. If your legs cramp half way through your training run, or you bonk, don’t beat yourself up. Understand why it happened and how to avoid it from happening again on future runs.
- Reach a cumulative distance. Training multiple days a week, for months on end add up quickly.