Whether the goal is to finish the race or to PR, we train to earn results, and it’s easy to feel like the stakes are high on certain goals. But hey, life happens, and when it gets in the way of a runner meeting her own expectations for herself, that goal-driven inclination can backfire. It can be oh-so disappointing to miss the mark.
Coming back from a long drought after big peak in fitness I can vouch for this mental state. One night in Montana, I had just enough daylight to squeeze in the track workout I thought I’d have to miss. Let’s just say running 800s right after dinner during a week when you are getting little sleep isn’t the best way to make your goals seem attainable.
But instead of throwing my hands up and saying, “forget it!” I realized there is a much better way to set workout, race, or training goals so that a missed split or even a missed workout or bad race doesn’t set you back from your overarching goals down the road. Read more >>