This time of year, runners are busy publishing their 2014 running recaps and setting ambitious new running goals for 2015. There’s a lot of buzz out there about ultras, trail races, marathons, and personal bests. Goal setting can be a difficult and intimidating process for most of us, who are just trying to get out the door each day.

It doesn’t have to be. Choose goals that are reasonable and attainable so that you don’t end up frustrated or injured. A long-term goal, like a BQ (Boston Marathon Qualifying) time, may take several years to achieve. Try breaking it up into smaller goals that you can reach every 3-6 months.

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6-Month Running Goal

Run a faster 5K. The most-popular race distance in the United States is the 5K. It’s short enough to build your base mileage quickly and with a dash of speed work, you’ll be ready to grab a new PR in 6 months or less.

12-Month Running Goal

Run your first marathon. A full calendar year allows you to safely increase your mileage without risk of overuse injury. With careful planning, you can be ready for your first full marathon in 2015. Forget the clock. Finish your first 26.2 with a big smile on your face.

Long-Term Running Goal

Write your bucket list. Anything goes because this is where you’ll discover your motivation and passion for the sport of running. Your goals are entirely your own. Your Twitter buddy may be excited about conquering the famed Leadville 100, and you may want to keep your streak alive at the local St. Paddy’s 5 Miler. We all have different reasons for running, the most important thing is to enjoy the miles.

Share your goals in the Comments. I’m sure you’ll find lots of support!

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2 thoughts on “Happy New Year! Setting Your Running Goals

  1. Happy Holidays Jason! Hoping to PR in a half marathon within the next few months, and hopefully also to PR in a 2015 marathon (if my back holds up enough to train). REALLY looking forward to running the Bahamas Half Marathon in a few weeks! Have a Happy New Year and looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    1. Kim, I know you have the passion and dedication to reach your goals. 2015 will be an epic year for you. The Bahamas in January sounds like an excellent race-cation. Enjoy!

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