Jake Sprinter’s Sunday Post for this week is goals. I love setting goals, so this is a Sunday Post I couldn’t miss.
The key to making progress in running is making long and short-term goals that are attainable and working hard to meet them. Looking back on my first three runs in 2012 and comparing them with the first three in 2013 I noticed that I lowered my mile pace by more than a minute!
This time last year my goal was to keep my pace under 11 minutes per mile. As the year progressed, I started aiming for a consistent 10 minute pace. By the end of the year, I was able to stay under 10 minutes per mile.
In the beginning, progress is more noticeable because there is plenty of room for improvement. To lower my pace by another minute in 2013 may be unrealistic but 30 seconds may not be. Now, 9:30 per mile is my goal pace for 1013.
I need to keep in mind that as one becomes faster improvements will take longer and be less obvious. So, I must be patient and continue to train diligently this year.