Achieve your running goals with advice from the pros
Many runners struggle to achieve running goals they set for themselves. Are you on track to meet yours? Here we compiled advice from 6 running experts on how to make sure you achieve your goals, both long-term and short-term.
#1: Give your body the rest it deserves
The first advice is by Polina Carlson, Oahu's only professional runner and the winner of the Great Aloha Run. Polina gives her body a decent amount of rest from running at least once a week. Instead of running, she opts for a water workout or a swift bike ride. This is a great advice, as many beginning runners start head first and don't consider their recovery. Light exercise or swimming will aid your recovery and add variety to your standard routine.
#2: Join a running team even if you don't feel like itRunning teams are great for setting and achieving goals, for forming friendships, creating healthy competition and also for pushing forward. Having access to a peer group of people with similar interests will make your running efforts more efficient and enjoyable. This advice is from the founder of RunnersConnect Jeff Gaudette. Jeff is a pro extremely knowledgable about everything related to running and achieving running goals. His advice is aimed at people who are reluctant to join a running team. One of the reasons for not doing so are the feelings of lacking skills. So what does he say?
Just put behind you your preconceived notions about what is a fast and what is a slow group
It is likely that in every running group there will be someone similar to your abilities. The benefits of being in one are too great to not try and allow a group of people with the same goals to push you towards your goals.
#3: You can't teach guts
''You can't teach guts''is advice given to an Olympic Trials qualified Jake Sienko by his high school coach. This is something Jake definitely took on board. Sometimes you need to fight with yourself and simply grind it out to be the best you can be. To achieve your goals and your potential. At the end of the day, it's those that are not afraid to push to their limits win. It takes guts to win.
#4: Running hurts, so make sure it's fun tooLisa Rainsberg coaches kids and adults in her training development centre in Colorado. Prior to this, Lisa had a very successful swimming and running career. She finished fourth in the Olympic marathon trials in the '84, '88 and '92, and her victory in the Boston Marathon in 1985 made her the last American woman to win this particular marathon. The
Less is more, fast is betteris about allowing running to be fun. Ultimately, running is not always super enjoyable and it can hurt sometimes. Therefore making sure we enjoy what we do is likely to keep us in the sport for longer, with greater personal rewards. Focus on the fun aspects of running, and achieve running goals through enjoying the process.
#5: Make your goals a mission
This advice is from Alice Hector, a very talented rising star with accomplishments on the running and triathlon scene. Alice is currently undefeated in women's ultra-running and she is also a National Champion amateur triathlete. Alice gave this advice in relation to gaining good overall fitness habits. In relation to training, getting out and starting is usually the hardest. So make starting your training a goal and complete your training as a mission, just do it.
#6: Focus on achieving smaller goals on a smaller time scaleThis advice comes from Harvey Lewis, an ultra-marathon runner and a winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon. If you don't know what this is - let's say it's a little extreme. As one of the toughest competitions, it's 217km long (135miles) through an extremely hostile environment in one of the hottest places on the planet. Where temperatures can reach up to 57 degrees Celsius. Harvey advises to
Choose some smaller goals every three months and at least one larger goal each year. You need goals to stay motivated
Having smaller goals will allow you to hit them in a shorter time frame. This will reinforce that you are progressing and it will show that you are on the right course. Having only huge and hardly attainable goals far in the future can be demotivating, as achieving them can seem unrealistic as you go through the daily grind.