Setting Realistic Goals

Posted: December 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Setting realistic goals for the New Year will allow you to avoid disappointment.  It’s far more effective to prioritize your goals and focus on the Top 3.  Some of the more common resolutions for runners are:

  • Be more consistent with training
  • Improve nutrition by eating a well-balanced diet and avoid processed foods high in preservatives and sugar
  • Improve flexibility
  • Focus on running more efficiently
  • Remain injury-free

Ironically, these are going to be my goals for 2013.  I’m looking forward to my best year of running.  I am not running as fast as I once did, but I can certainly garner as much enjoyment from running as I ever have.  It’s also important to be a great role model for the runners I coach so that’s added incentive to focus on these areas.

Keeping a journal has always been an effective method of assessing my running and making the requisite adjustments.  My daily journal entry includes:

  • Total Miles Run
  • Course Description and Location
  • Average Pace
  • Average and Maximum Heart Rate.
  • Weight
  • Hours Slept
  • Temperature
  • Shoes worn
  • Rank Each Run On A Scale Of 1-10 (10 being the best)
  • General Comments About Each Run And My Attitude

It’s important to accept the reality that you’ll have setbacks and disappointments.  How you respond to them will determine how effective you are in achieving your goals for 2013.

The recipe for success is establishing realistic goals, developing a strategy steeped in reason and having dogged determination in your pursuit of achieving them.

I hope your New Year exceeds your expectations and is filled with promise and great health!

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