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Learn to set yourself truly ambitious goals


Run faster, further, and over more challenging terrain! It can be difficult to set yourself goals that are clear and coherent. Understanding a handful of running fundamentals will help you see things more clearly and avoid disappointments...


How motivated are you ?

Running faster and longer never comes handed on a silver platter. Baring exceptional natural talent, making progress comes only with diligent and dedicated training. Putting in the necessary effort each week to keep up with a training program requires staying motivated. Do you truly wish to surpass yourself and push beyond your present limits? Don't be afraid to ask yourself some tough questions, and don't let false humility get in the way.

Setting an objective means first giving serious thought to the work and sacrifice one is ready to commit to. Preparing for a competitive running event can be tiring and requires maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Can you change your sleep and/or eating habits as needed for several weeks ? Are your private and professional circumstances able to support you in your mission ? It's best to make certain of these important points ahead of time so as not to be sadly disappointed when preparing or on the big day itself.


What have you been capable of (in the past) ?

Running goals are much like those in many other aspects of life: past experiences should be taken into account when setting new ambitious targets.

Specifically, if you set your sights on a new distance (half-marathon, marathon, or a trail run that is longer than you're used to), your goal should simply be to finish the race. Finishing the race or run should always — ALWAYS! – be your number one objective. There's no shame in quitting during a race (especially if you injure yourself), but it's always best to reach your goal and go home with the satisfaction of knowing you made it...

Look at your past run times. Since you now have more experience and are ready to do what it takes to diligently prepare, you're likely able to reach a higher level of performance. But don't count on it. It's sometimes not as easy to shave off the minutes as we might think. Set yourself a reasonable target as a starting point; you can always change it if you end up making amazing progress in the time leading up to the event.


What are you capable of (now) ?

You should analyse your training daily. Compile the most important information—number of km run each week, track run times, how you feel while running—in a training booklet in order to ensure that you remain active in your training and that you aren't hitting any snags.

Use your head and your legs ! Be sure to stick with the program in the days leading up to the "big day". The thought of having to perform at a high level for a sustained period of time can seem intimidating and even stressful. Stay physically and mentally focused on the goal you've set for yourself.

At the same time, have a plan B: if conditions are poor the day of the race, or you end up having a bad hair day, then simply chalk up the race as a new experience in your life as a runner, and don't let resentment or guilt get in the way.

Set the bar high, but not so high that the necessary preparations become simply too difficult to keep up with. The best strategy may be to remain flexible and listen to your body up until just before the event.


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