The second part of my running articles is about best way to start your training now you know how. This is SMARTER planning by setting goals:
Specific: I will be able to run nonstop of 20mins or I will run my fastest ever 5k/10k/Half Marathon!
Measureable: that is the 20mins mentioned above or beat your time by a specific amount already decided by you for another 5k/10k/Half Marathon.
Achievable: you should be able to identify the abilities, time and skills that you will have to have to reach your running goal such as training time available.
Realistic: you should be able to gage from common sense and past experience what is possible for you as an individual. You must believe it! Use positive language and be rational - I will be a double Olympic champion does not work for everyone but we are all able to achieve more than we think we are.
Timed: set a time limit on when you are going to achieve your goal by - I will run my first 5k in 12 weeks’ time.
Evaluate: always look back at your goals to allow for adjustment due to any changes that may happen in your life. Maybe you book a late holiday and this means you need to extend your timeline.
Recorded/Redo: Keep a record of your goals so you can look back and adjust them if needed using the SMARTER process again.