How To Stick To Your Marathon Running Goals This Year

Many people make running resolutions at the beginning of the year but few keep them. At the end of the year people come up with many excuses as to why they did not actualize their goals. The following is a ten point plan that will help you accomplish your running goal this year. The plan will work for anyone dreaming to run a 5K, 10K, half marathon or even the full marathon.

How To Accomplish Your Running Goal.

1. Define and describe your Running goal. Write down when you want to achieve it. Write down the reasons why you want it. Write down what it would feel like after you have achieved it. Figure out exactly what it will take to get it. Be realistic about the time things will take. Many people don’t allow themselves enough time, and give up too soon.

2. Start working toward your running goals tomorrow morning. Don’t wait for June so that you can start your training. Start tomorrow morning! By starting early you get into the habit of running. If you wait until June, you will find another excuse why you should wait until August.

3. Set a realistic Running goal. It is pointless to aim to run your first marathon when you have never even finished a local 10K race. If you have never ran before, start by entering a local 5K race. If you aim too high, you set yourself up for failure.

4. Ask for guidance. No one can tell you exactly what you should do to achieve your goal, but one of the best sources for guidelines is to ask fellow runners. Join running forums, join a local running club, something better is subscribe to a running magazine. Learn from the experience of other runners.

5. Be passionate about running. Striving toward a goal without passion is like a fire which slowly runs out of fuel to burn. Get excited about running; this will mean that you will love what you are doing.

6. Persevere with injuries. Running injuries are part and parcel of running. Don’t let injuries knock you down. When you get injuries take a break and allow your body to rest and heal.

7. Don’t share your running goals with people who might wear you down. Some people are haters by nature. They don’t want to see others get fitter and healthier and they will try to discourage you. Seek only positive vibes.My High school priest once told me, “Dysfunctional people hate seeing healthy progression of character in others.”

8. Visualize. Close your eyes and imagine yourself crossing the finish line. Can you see the smile on your face? AWESOME!

9. Train, Train, and Train more. The only way to run well is to train hard. Knowing is not enough you have to put it to action. Draw up a training table table detailing down, training days and rest days.

10. Lastly remember this pearl of wisdom before you embark on your running goal –

Make sure, your running / fitness/ work out goal is SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Team-oriented
  • Time-related

 Don’t let inactivity keep you from achieving your goals. May this year be your best year!

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