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What is your long term running goal?

I think it's best to start /t/run with the one question that gets you motivated to run. What is your long term running goal? What do you hope to accomplish in your running?

Remember: no goal is too small. You might not be looking to become the next runner to break the Appalachian Trail record, but there is always that goal that keeps you excited and focused on your run. What is it?

3 years ago by Boop with 10 comments

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  • MrY (edited 3 years ago)

    Maintain a good pace for 6-7minutes (my endurance sucks)

    • mathematical

      What are you doing for training? I just started c25k. It's not too bad, but my area is very hilly, so it kills me if I've got a big climb at the end of one of the running periods, or my walking rest was all uphill.

  • ClarkKent

    I am running a half marathon in November and a couple 5ks before than. But usually I just maintain. I make sure that I stay the same running pace, I do what I always day and keep a good eating regime.

    I usually can run about 7-8 minute miles, but on the marathon I will slow it down to about 9 min to 10 min just to pace myself better.

    It's good to always use a phone or a fit or a pebble to keep track so you can tell your pace.

  • Catspiracy

    I've never been into running but my ex gf got me to try it a few times with her. I've never had good stamina so it felt futile at first, but I kept at it. Eventually I was running 4 miles with her.

    We broke up, I moved out and stopped running. I only started running again at the beginning of this year, and my goal has since been to run around the block, which is about 3.5 miles.

    I achieved my goal two months ago so now I'm pushing myself to go faster, but I'm happy the distance :)

  • caelreth

    Honestly, I just need to get back in to running. Previous attempts have had me push too fast and end up with ITB issues. So, at this point, my goal is to build back up to running at all... and we'll see from there :)

  • mathematical

    Just started running this last week. The longest I can run continuously is about 14 minutes (flat with some downhills). Trying to build up to a 5k mud run this fall. My friend wants to do a Spartan Sprint next year, so the training will continue until then.

    • Boop

      Nice! Keep it up! Remember not to ramp your mileage up too much. But that 5K sounds like a great goal.

      My friend keeps trying to get me to run a 15K Spartan Sprint. Not sure if I'm up for the challenge, but maybe I'll try it out next year.

    • sushmonster

      Have you tried the Couch to 5k program? I did it myself and it's super effective!

  • Boop

    I'm 23 years old and have run a 5K race before, but I want to continue to increase my mileage. My long term goal is to run a marathon, preferably (but not necessarily) before I'm 25.

  • LoboPreto

    I just want to get back up to being able to run a mile in under 10 minutes and not feel like I'm going to die.