Preparing for an autumn running event is the best way to build on your summer training. If running a race is on your to-do list this fall, consider using the following targets to create personal goals.
Choose Your Race Day Goals
The two big milestones for runners are either distance or time. So this autumn, you could aim for a longer distance or try to beat an old personal best.
Going underneath a landmark time in a famous distance is one target you could set. You could build an entire training plan to achieve these times:
- 10k – under 40 minutes
- Half-marathon – under 90 minutes
- Marathon – under 3 hours
If you set one of these times as your target on the Runkeeper app, it can generate a customized running plan that helps you achieve it.
It’s usually best to focus on either time or distance – that way you can totally concentrate on your own race strategy. If you’re aiming for your first marathon, completing it successfully is more important than beating a landmark time.
How to Create Targets
- Find a running partner – training with someone else can help motivate you to get out there and run. They can support you and you can help each other through tough training.
- Be realistic about training – the weather might be turning colder around your race day. So it might mean some gym days on the treadmill instead.
- Commit to an event – registration is open for a lot of races already. Once you’ve committed yourself to a race, it can motivate you to keep training hard.
- Change gear for new season – because your race might be on a colder day, your gear needs to be right for the conditions. That might mean replacing your summer gear with some warmer attire.
- Check when the clocks change – the clocks go back in autumn which can affect your running schedule. Either pick a race day before the date or get some reflective gear to keep running through the darker days.
- Find out the mileage in your shoes – your summer running might have worn out your shoes. But on the Runkeeper app, you can record how many miles each pair of your shoes has done. Then you can replace them when they’ve gone over a certain point.
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