Goal Setting for Endurance Athletes

Goals to help you motivate yourself

Setting realistic goals for yourself is very important when it comes to being an endurance athlete.  Without proper planning and preparation, it’s not likely that you’ll reach whatever it is you’re after.  Knowing where you’re heading and how you’re going to get there is key. 

Goals are the road maps to where you want to get to.  Want to break 20 minutes for a 5k?  Plot out the steps you think are necessary to achieve that goal.

Goal Setting

Goal Setting

 While everyone would like to set a big PR every time they raced, chances are, that’s not going to happen.  Setting goals and working on the steps to achieve those goals will prepare you for success – in running and in your non-running life.

Not sure what steps to take to reach your next goal? Follow the guide below and check back often to see what kind of progress you are making. Make sure your goals are tangible and measurable. For strategy you should include the specific steps you’ll take to achieve your goal. The date should be the date you expect to reach your goal. Include dates of check points too. You’ll want to make sure you are on track and this will help you with that.

Creating Goals

Want to set goals of your own?  Here’s the 3 pieces of the pie for you to get started.  You need to have a goal, a strategy and a target date.

  • Goal (outcome we want to happen)
  • Strategy (how will I achieve this goal?)
  • Target Date (when and where will this happen?)

For your own goal setting, download this Goals Sheet for free!  Remember, make them obtainable, measurable, and specific.  For one, five, & ten year goal sheet, download 1, 5, 10 year goals.

Setting a big PR

Dan has done a great job of creating goals and reaching to achieve them.  He has time goals, weight goals, and performance goals.  While I can’t say specifically what his goals are, I do know they exist.  Dan’s last race resulted in a massive PR – 2 minutes!  He was 20th overall and 1st in his age group.  His official time was 23:51.

Want to see stories about more TrainwithMarc runners who have run fast 5k’s? 5k PR to do list, Running workout for a faster 5k, dropping a big PR.




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