One way to ensure that you regularly exercise, and dedicate the time required to reach your goals, is to following a training program. There are many training programmes around and online, but these might not be geared towards your fitness levels, and goals.
When you are preparing for a race, and setting goals, make sure you follow the SMART principles. These are:
Specific-write down precisely what you want to achieve within the time periods, don’t be wishy washy about it. For example, hit 3 miles in under 26 minutes within 6 weeks.
Measureable-Ensure that you have the technology or capabilities to measure your runs and results. You’ll need to measure your results either weekly, or per run to see how you’re developing over time, and whether or not you’re on target to reach your goals.
Achievable– if a goal is too easy then you won’t be motivated, but equally if it’s too hard, then you’ll be demotivated; take into account your fitness levels, with what you can do each week, to find out what is achievable within the time period.
Realistic– think about how busy your lifestyle is, what your daily routine is like, and think what you realistically can dedicate to training for the 10k, whether it’s 3 runs a week, 2, or one every day.
Timely– think about how long away we are to the 10k, roughly 15 weeks. Set small goals and a final goal within this time period to ensure that your training program gets you from a – b. But make sure you take into account all of the other factors found above.
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From your friendly neighbourhood runner
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