QT: When Setting Your Running Goals, Say No to Peer Pressure

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What is your process for setting running goals?

Hmm

Do you pick them at random? Put hours of thought and reflection into them?

Do you eschew goals and just kind of run as the spirit moves you?

Or do you tend to just go along chasing the goals of others?

Meaningful Goals are Ideal

Let’s get this out of the way first thing: whatever works for you is what you need to do.

Long-term goals. Short-term goals. Mileage goals. Pace goals. Race goals.

The kinds of goals that work best for you and that keep you motivated are the best goals for you to pursue.

But if we are being honest, not everyone who sets goals sets the right goals for them.

To me, the key to goal setting is choosing a goal that is meaningful to you.

Something that matters.

Because if you don’t really care about the goals you set? Odds are, you won’t really care if you hit the goal or not.

And if hitting your goal doesn’t matter?

Then what even is the point?

Say No to Peer Pressure

Within the running community, peer pressure can be a very good thing.

Peer Pressure for Runners

I’m sure we’ve all heard stories of running friends peer pressuring someone into doing something, maybe a new race distance, that was a major turning point in that person’s running career.

Shoot, there’s a pretty decent chance we’ve been on both sides of this scenario. Maybe even several times!

This isn’t a bad thing, provided that we ultimately want to do the thing that we are being pressured into.

On occasion, I’ve talked to runners who are chasing a friend’s goal even though it’s the last thing they want to do.

Stop It

Look, I get wanting to be a good friend and support them as they work toward their goals.

But why are you going to make their goals your goals, if that’s not something you’re interested in pursuing right now?

It sure doesn’t.

Make Sure Your Goals Excite You

When it comes to setting goals, long-term or short-term, please make sure your goals are things you’re excited about.

Because if they aren’t?

Then on the days when the weather is shit or you just don’t feel like doing your long run, your goal isn’t exactly going to motivate you to get out there and make it happen.

But if you are excited? A little scared? Maybe a bit of both?

Then on the days when you might not want to do the work, your goal will help you make it happen.

Which, not for nothing, gives you a better chance of being successful, as well.


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