How to Set Smart Goals in Running
Whenever you are setting running goals, it's important to make sure they are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely, or SMART goals.
While this concept is often used in a professional setting, it can definitely be applied to running.
This article gives you an overview of how to make the most of your goal setting.
Your goal should be focused and avoid generalisations.
For example, you may want to run faster, but it's too broad. A more specific goal might be "I would like to hold under 4 minute 30-second pace for a 10km run.
Alternatively, you might just be hoping to lose weight or reach a specific distance.
Set a goal so you know exactly what you're going to do and how you are going to achieve it.
How do you plan on tracking your progress?
It's important to ensure your goal is measurable so you can constantly assess your progression.
In running, the best way to do this is with a running watch or application to track your kilometres (or miles) and pace.
Let's face it, not everyone is going to complete an ultra-marathon within their first month of running.
Setting tough goals is a great way to push yourself, but don't be too extreme. You don't want to set yourself up for disappointment, no matter the effort and execution.
Your goal doesn't have to be the same as everyone else's, particularly if it's not relevant to you.
Say you're completely uninterested in running a marathon. Are you going to make this your goal?
Have a due date for your goal. Define a time frame with a clear deadline of when you plan on achieving your target by.
A deadline keeps you motivated, prevent you getting bored, and hopefully stop you skipping workouts!
Good luck :)