“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Spring is in the air! At least it is today in Iowa. 60 degrees, sunny and calm! As I got to get out and enjoy my first “longer” run in a few weeks, 8 miles! Spring is the perfect time to set a running intention as it helps you to stay focused, create routine and find purpose in your training. Take a look below as i’ll help you Identify your run purpose in 3 easy steps!
Step 1. Determine what you want to accomplish most
This may seem like a simple idea but if you don’t purposefully stop and think about what you REALLY want to accomplish with your running or training plan, you’ll get pulled in so many direction yet get nowhere. Do you want to run your first 5k? 10K? Do you have plans to run a half-marathon at the end of the summer. Whatever it is you want to do, write it down. The next step is to identify what race you want to do. Once you have a particular goal or race on your calendar, count back 12 weeks from the date and begin your training plan on time. If you have more than 3 months to train, and you’ve identified your goal this is great! If you want to dive deeper into identifying your Run Purpose, get on my RUN WITH PURPOSE PROJECT list and join us this spring as we identify our purpose, not just in running but in life!
Step 2. Be Realistic
Make sure you’ve set a realistic run or training goal. If you’re not sure, reach out to a run coach (me) and I can help you identify your goals and help you create a plan. If you are a beginner runner, is a half marathon in 3 months really realistic? I’ve seen many runners set pace goals or distance goals without the realization that it takes time and consistency to reach these numbers. Remember, nothing worth having comes easy. Hop on over to my blog post about overcoming obstacles if you want to read more!
Step 3. Start small and work your way up
As with anything in life, it’s better to start at building a small sturdy foundation, then work your way up. If learning to run or becoming a better runner is truly something you desire, then go for it, but start small. I I would suggest getting a few 5k’s under your belt before signing up for your first 10k. The same with jumping from 10k’s to half-marathons, to full-marathons and beyond! This little healthy hobby can turn into something life changing if you take it one step at a time. Find a few local 5k’s this spring, and then set a goal to run a 10k in the fall. Then next winter, run a few 5k’s to help keep your focus. As spring begins to roll around again, start with an early 5k, then a summer 10k with a fall half marathon, and so forth. Remember to enjoy the journey, it’s just as important as reaching that goal.