A goal doesn’t have to be a event or a major undertaking - any goal is better than no goal. It doesn’t have to be a longer distance or a record time - just a target to aim for.
Goal setting is a powerful tool because it provides focus - giving you the ability to hone in on the exact actions you need to perform to achieve a desired outcome. But goals don’t have to orientate around a race, they just need to be S.M.A.R.T
Specific goals are the key to success. Setting ambiguous goals such as ‘I want to run a marathon some day’, produce ambiguous results.
If your goal is to maintain or slightly improve your fitness over the next few months, don’t just do steady runs as this will hinder your fitness. Instead set a series of personal or ‘own goals’ in Mbition - choose a target distance which means you will run roughly the same weekly milage as you’re currently doing in training, and set a date to finish it in 4-6 weeks time. By following a tailored training plan you’ll still be making gains in pace, strength and stamina.
Measurable - measuring your progress is an important factor in goal setting so you know you’re on track to achieve the result you want. Mbition insights measures your progress for you, so every week you can see how you’re doing against your plan including pacing, volume, activity levels and whether your fitness is developing as it should.
Attainable - can you actually achieve it!? Saying you want to run faster than Usain Bolt sadly won’t make it happen. One of the detrimental things that many people do—with good intentions—is setting goals that are so high that they are unattainable which become demotivating. When you set a goal, try to make sure it’s an attainable one.
Realistic - have you got the time to train for your goal? A goal has to be something that you can reasonably make “real” - and there are some goals that are simply not realistic. You have to be able to say, even if it is a tremendously stretching goal, that yes it is entirely realistic.
Time - every goal should have a timeframe attached to it. One of the powerful aspects of a great goal is that it has an end - a time in which you are going to accomplish it! You might find that leaving a goal open ended decreases your resolve to achieve it.
If it’s going to take a few months to achieve your goal, then break it down into a series of smaller goals with their own timeline. For example - if you’re end goal is a half marathon in 4 months, you’re first goal might be to run without stopping for 30 minutes in 6 weeks.
Having a target means you can follow a structured training plan, which will help you to progress and gives you variety in your training. Mbition plans have 7 types of running sessions to help increase fitness and keep you motivated whatever your goal.
Good luck - and if you need advice on your next goal, sign-in and hit the chat button.