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The Power of Goal Setting in Your Running Journey

Why Set Goals?

Setting goals gives your running purpose and direction. It helps you focus your efforts, track your progress, and stay motivated during the inevitable highs and lows of training. Goals provide a roadmap for success, guiding you towards new achievements and personal bests.

Types of Goals

When setting running goals, consider different types to keep your training varied and exciting:

  1. Outcome Goals: These are the big-picture achievements you aspire to, such as completing a marathon, achieving a specific race time, or conquering a challenging trail.

  2. Performance Goals: These focus on improving your running abilities, such as increasing your speed, endurance, or strength, or mastering a new training technique or terrain.

  3. Process Goals: These are the smaller, actionable steps you take to reach your outcome and performance goals, such as committing to a consistent training schedule, incorporating cross-training or recovery practices, or refining your running form.


To ensure your goals are effective and achievable, follow the SMART criteria:

  • Specific: Clearly define what you want to accomplish.
  • Measurable: Establish concrete criteria for tracking your progress.
  • Achievable: Set realistic goals that stretch your abilities but are within reach.
  • Relevant: Ensure your goals align with your values, priorities, and overall running aspirations.
  • Time-bound: Set deadlines or timelines to create urgency and focus.

Tips for Success

Here are some tips to help you set and achieve your running goals:

  1. Reflect: Take time to reflect on your current abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations before setting your goals.

  2. Break it Down: Divide your goals into smaller, manageable steps to make them less daunting and easier to tackle.

  3. Stay Flexible: Be open to adjusting your goals based on your progress, changing circumstances, or unforeseen challenges.

  4. Celebrate Progress: Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements along the way, whether big or small, to stay motivated and inspired.

  5. Seek Support: Surround yourself with a supportive community of fellow runners, coaches, friends, and family who can encourage and motivate you on your journey.

Share Your Goals

We'd love to hear about your running goals and aspirations! Share them with us on social media or reply to this email. Let's support each other as we strive to reach new heights in our running pursuits.

Keep chasing those goals, one stride at a time!

7th March 2024, 10:09
Page updated 7th Mar 2024, 10:10
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