I don’t mean the football /soccer kind either. In a previous life, I wrote Strategic Plans. My world was full of Vision Statements, Aims and objectives and nothing counted unless it had a measurable outcome.
As much as that may sound like a script for The Office, a lot of it really is very useful in setting every day goals.
Juneathon came just in time to give me some focus while I re-evaluated my own goals. Running the 10k had been a goal for a long time and once I had achieved it, I was cut a bit lose in the ambition stakes.
The most useful thing I have learned about setting goals is that they should be SMART:
Specific – e.g I want to run a 5k faster, not I want to run faster.
Measurable – e.g I will run my 5k 30 seconds faster than my previous pb.
Achievable – e.g 30 seconds faster 5k, not 10 minutes faster.
Realistic – e.g I will run a 30 second pb at my next park run, not I am going to win the Olympic Gold in 2016
Timeframe – e.g I will improve my 5k time by 30 seconds after 6 weeks of speed training
Setting Goals using these guidelines means that you are far more likely to achieve them and that is a powerful motivator.
So, taking my own advice, I have decided on my running goals for June:-
- Blog about my exercise every day for the month of June.
- Add 2 speed training sessions to my runs every week for June, using tempo, interval and hill runs.
- By June 30th, have knocked 30 seconds off my current 5k pb
- Maintain my current ability to run 10k using my Long Slow Runs.
- Use the Runtastic LegTrainer to build my length strength, completing the programme as scheduled by the app, concluding August 15th.
Those are my Goals, what are yours?