Set a Running Goal - and Track It

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Set a Running Goal - and Track It

One of the easiest ways to make a habit of running is to come up with a training plan, and then write it down. It doesn't have to be fancy or tremendously ambitious. But setting a goal – and then tracking your progress daily – will provide both a roadmap and a record of your progress. The one will give you something to shoot for, the other the satisfaction of looking back on what you've accomplished. Together, they're a powerful way to build the running habit.

Set a 12-month goal – where you'd like to be in a year – but make it reasonable. Then set 12 monthly goals… keeping in mind that each month should bring you a little closer to your annual goal. Break each month down into weeks, and – finally – set daily goals for each week. Be sure to schedule in rest days every week.

Keep a notebook or calendar, and mark down your progress every day. It's not the end of the world if you miss a scheduled day, but try to stay on track overall. As you progress through the year, your mounting success will help propel you to your goal.



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