Is your running goal S.M.A.R.T?
By Running Divas Ambassador Nancy Peplow
Wow, how time flies, its already half way through the year.
This is a great time of the year to reflect and revise your 2018 running goals.
So go get that coffee, tea or protein smoothie with your training diary and lets have a look at how you are going.
Let’s go back to the beginning with your goal, is your goal:
- Specific (simple, sensible, significant) eg I am going to run a half marathon
- Measurable (meaningful, motivating) eg I am going to complete a 10km and 15km event along the way to measure my training or following the Running Divas Beginner Half Marathon Program.
- Achievable (agreed, attainable) eg I will train for this in winter as my job is less stressful or I will train for this in summer as I can run later in the evening or I will train in the mornings.
- Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based) eg I can run comfortably 10km and running a half marathon on a 12 week training plan is realistic for me.
- Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive) eg Choose a timeframe that is realistic, I will run a half marathon in 12 weeks after running 10km for the past year. Don’t be unrealistic like I want to run a marathon in 6 weeks but I haven’t run 5kms in my life. You may do it but you might come out with injuries. How did you go? Are you on track? Or you do need to rethink your plan? Or do you need another goal?
I love the SMART structure for my running goals and it can be used for other goals in life as well.
It keeps you accountable of your goals so you can achieve them with strength and determination.