Running Time Goals

Setting Goals

On June 9, 2018, I started on a new journey and set goals that will provide direction for the initial 12 months (June 2018 to June 2019). I will share here my running-related goals and these in turn are aligned with larger, personal goals. Setting goals is important, and equally important is planning how to accomplish those goals and manage desires and distractions that may prevent me from achieving my goals.

I have two favorite quotes on goal setting and planning:

“Remember that great expectations create great capabilities. If you limit your goals to what you know you can achieve, you are setting the bar way too low.” Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of world’s 100 wealthiest people (2018) [disclosure: one of my my former employers]

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father and Inventor

Here are my goals for the 2018/19 indoor track season, and the 2019 outdoor track season. I’m dreaming big about what I would like to do on the road, from 5K leading up to the half-marathon and possibly the marathon in summer/fall 2019. As a reference point, about 15 years ago at age 40, I ran a 19:08 road 5K and a 1:29:16 half-marathon. My goal is to break both PR’s.

Running Time Goals
Running Time Goals

To accomplish these goals, I have to plan, execute the plan, and adjust what’s not working (more on that in the Training section).

In addition, I have to follow some important principles:

Principle 1: Adopt holistic approach to running that encompasses aerobic training, speed, power, strength, mobility, nutrition, hydration, sleep, injury prevention, and stress management. Ensure positive physical, mental and emotional states.

Principle 2: Prioritize long-term continuous development over short-term improvement.

More principles will be added (work in progress).

Please share your goals, and let’s motivate and support each other (and please hold me accountable for my goals, I know I will be doing that!). Let’s start a conversation.

5 comments

    1. Thanks Richard. Appreciate your insights. Setting goals is to help define purpose and meaning, and to ensure there is balance, priorities and passion to enable those goals, and there will be failure, and learnings from those failures. All important principles. Thanks for writing about these topics on your blog, love it!

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