When I started training for my first marathon, my goal was to finish it. No time plan, no strategy. Just cross the finish line.
Then I discovered that if you don’t finish within 8 hours, you don’t get a medal. Finish in under 8 hours and earn the medal was the new goal.
Then I started reading more running blogs, watched the Paula Radcliffe ‘incident’ and decided to add ‘not shit myself’ to my goal.
As I start running more, completing more races and taking a keen interest in fitness, my goals have changed.
My Running Goals
- Run a sub 25 min 5K
- Run a sub 55 min 10K (hopefully I’ll achieve this at one of my 10K’s in May)
- Run a sub 2 hour half (my current PR of 2.06 was set this year)
- Run a sub 4.30 marathon (this is a long term goal, my
currentonly marathon time was 4.54
- Run the New York Marathon – this might change in to a ‘Run all the Marathon Major’s goal!’
- Take part in more fun runs ( I am so excited for the Colour Run to come to London!)
My Fitness Goals
- Keep improving my cardio fitness through running and cycling
- Fit more exercise into my routine
- Make my body stronger through strength training- BodyPump, TRX and circuits
- Become a group fitness instructor (one day!)
- Complete a triathlon
- Complete the London to Paris bike challenge
Some of these are short term goals, but many are long term. I know that I need to keep my goals updated to keep me motivated. Currently, my main focus is my 10Ks in May (I have accidentally signed up to three within 2 weeks!) As I haven’t run a 10K before, I’ll get a PR no matter what, but I’d like to get a time I’m proud of. One of the 10K’s is the Nike Own the Night, and another I am running with my cousin in her first ever race, neither of which will be a goal race for me! So, I am concentrating on the Bupa 10,000m on May 27th and hoping I can meet my sub 55min goal!
What are your fitness goals? Do you have time specific running goals?