If you haven’t heard of SMART goals before, it is a great way to set goals for yourself that you are much more likely to follow through with. This is because your goals are:
SPECIFIC This means that your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise you will likely find difficulty with focusing your efforts and feeling truly motivated to achieve it.
MEASURABLE: It is important that you have goals that are measurable so that you are able to track your progress and remain motivated.
ATTAINABLE: While your goal should definitely stretch your abilities, it should still remain realistic to achieve.
RELEVANT This step is all about ensuring that the goal you have in mind matters to you and also aligns with other relevant goals.
TIME-BOUND: Every goal needs to have a target date so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work towards (and get excited about as the date approaches).
We suggest sitting down and getting clear about this goal. As for running, find a race that you are interested in running and sign up for it. Just make sure that you have enough time between now and then for a running routine, but this will give you a specific goal that you are able to measure, is attainable for you, is something you want to accomplish (or you probably would have exited this blog by now), and is time-bound. Get to searching for races in your area and have fun with it!