What are your 2017 running goals?
I have a few in mind already…as I am sure you do. The end of a year causes us to reflect upon what we achieved and naturally guides our thoughts to dreaming about what will come next year.
What matters just as much as the goals you set – or even more – is having an actionable plan. Setting a bunch of goals for the entire year without a plan of how to set them, track your progress, or achieve them does not set you up for success. These tips will help you develop an actionable plan for achieving running goals in 2017 – and at the end of the post, I have an exciting giveaway for you!
Divide the Year Up
One year is a long time and life circumstances can change significantly over 52 weeks. According to the book The 12 Week Year, the sheer length of a calendar year is so long that people tend to procrastinate on their goals. So rather than focus on a full year, dividing your year into quarters will help you focus more on your goals. You set new goals each quarter, which fosters more progress and growth than just a short yearly list of goals.
This works well for runners in particular: divide your year into winter, spring, summer, and fall goals. One quarter may be devoted to base building, then another quarter may be specific training for your goal marathon. Quarterly goals also allow time for life to happen; if a spring injury derails your summer goals, you can reassess and pursue those goals in the fall instead.
Do you keep a training log? Writing down your workouts – whether you use paper and pen, an online log such as Final Surge or Training Peaks, or a blog – causes you to reflect upon your workouts. A training log reveals patterns and shows your strengths and weaknesses. Writing down your workouts over the course of a training cycle also helps you track your progress and set appropriate goals.
A journal is also a form of personal accountability. Seeing “skipped” or “no workout” for several days in a row will motivate you to put in the hard work!
Focus on Your Strengths
A reflection on your past year’s training and races will reveal your areas of strength. Do you crush it at the 5K and track workouts? Do you prefer the marathon and cringe at the idea of short and fast repeats? Your areas of strength are a good starting point for your goals – you are already setting yourself up for success!
Often, your strengths are also the things that bring you joy. Do you really just hate the marathon and don’t do well because you can’t commit to the training? Then stop setting goals in the marathon and shift your focus to shorter races or ultras! There’s no rule saying that to be a runner you need to run marathons or 5Ks every year.
Set goals based on areas of running or fitness which you enjoy and excel in (which are usually the same). Focus your strengths and follow your heart.
Hire a Coach
A coach will also schedule your workouts for you (which saves you time and energy!), adjust your plan as often as needed, and keep you accountable and motivated during the ups and downs of training.
I am giving away one free month of my Basic One-on-One Coaching Package ($95 value)! This package includes an initial consultation, monthly training plan (adapted throughout the month as needed), weekly feedback, a check in call, nutritional guidance, customized workouts, strength training/injury prevention, and more. This is my most popular training plan!
There’s no commitment to stay on for additional coaching; the winner can use this month to pick a coach’s brain, try new workouts, and get feedback on your running, or use it as a starting point for 2017 training.
To enter: Use the Rafflecopter below to submit your entries and answer the question: what’s your big 2017 running goal?
Rules: Entrants must be 18 years or older and in good health to run. The giveaway is open through midnight (Pacific time) on January 1, 2017. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email on January 2.
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What are your big running goals for 2017?