Set Yourself a Goal

The first step to improving your running is to set yourself a goal to work towards.

Written by Simon Linklater – 3rd August 2021

Arguably the single most important factor in improving your running is setting yourself a goal! It’s been an absolute game changer for me. I was ready to give up running in the Autumn of 2018. But I didn’t. Instead I committed to running a sub 2 hour half marathon in 6 months time. What a decision that was. At the time of writing this post, I’ve completed 8 Training Plans and each one has been a success. My current half marathon PB stands at 1:34:59. If you’d told me that in 2018 I would have said you were insane.

There are a number of factors that you should consider when setting yourself a goal.

CHOOSE A GOAL WHICH EXCITES YOU. If it’s too easy then you are likely to skip runs.

FACTOR IN YOUR CURRENT FITNESS LEVEL. If you’ve been out injured then it’s going to be hard to run a PB in a few months time. Be realistic.

ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME. This will depend on the goal itself, but anywhere between 3-6 months is wise.

CONSIDER YOUR LIFESTYLE. If you don’t have much spare time with a busy career or family, then running a 5K PB is a much more achievable goal, than finding time to train for a Marathon.

Once you have set the goal and the date you want to achieve it by, the next step is to create yourself a training plan.  

Runners Tips

“An absolute game changer for me. I’ve achieved things I never thought were possible just a few years ago. Setting a goal is the first step to improving your running and boy does crossing the finish line with a new PB feel fantastic.”

Simon Linklater

“Setting a goal and devising a plan around the goal is crucial”

Colin White

Set your goals high. Anything is possible, you’d be amazed at what your body can do."

Nina Lambrou

Set yourself little goals, whether that’s a new PB or something like getting up to 10 parkruns."

Gail Seal


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