If you’re thinking about taking up running, or even if you’ve been doing it for a while, it’s a safe bet that you have some goals in mind that you’d like to reach. Achieving a goal is a great way to build confidence, and it’s also a good way to track your progress. If you’re working toward accomplishing a running goal, here are a few tips for getting the job done.
- Set the right goal – You don’t want to overwhelm yourself, so make sure you start small and set S.M.A.R.T. goals for yourself. That’s S-specific, M-measurable, A-attainable, R-relevant, T-timely. As you accomplish smaller goals, you can expand your scope and work toward bigger goals.
- Stay positive – Chasing your running goal probably isn’t going to go your way all the time. You can’t get down on yourself when you have a bad run, or even a bad string of runs. Dispel doubt as soon as it enters your mind. If things aren’t going well, act like they are going well until they actually are going well. Staying positive will help to keep you motivated.
- Eat right – What you put into your body will affect the performance you get out of it. So, eat healthy, avoid sweets, soda, and greasy food. Sounds simple, right?
- Get some peeps – Finding running buddies is a good way to keep yourself involved and excited about chasing your goal. Good running friends will inspire you to keep after your goal and hold you accountable if you fall off the track. And you may even develop a bit of competition to motivate you to keep running.
- Keep the “why” in mind – Why are you trying to hit your running goal? To lose weight? To get healthy? To be an example to your kids? Whatever the reason, keep that reason in mind to remind you why what you’re doing is important.
- Write it down – It may sound simple, but jotting down your goal on paper is actually a pretty powerful tool for realizing your goal. Seeing your goal in writing makes it real. Your may even want to write your goal somewhere you can see it while you’re running. Across your knuckles, for example. That will serve as a constant reminder of what you’re trying to do.