Running goals (not racing goals)

I was flipping through the latest issue of Runner’s World before I fell asleep last night when I came upon a question that captured my curiosity. The question, in Jeff Galloway’s “Starting Line” column: “I want a running-related goal that isn’t tied to racing. Suggestions?”

Yeah,” I said out loud to no one in particular. (Steve was traveling, and I don’t have a pet. Don’t judge me.)

Setting time goals for races just hasn’t turned me on for a while. Still, running without any sort of goal has left me feeling a little bit moorless.

Galloway suggests setting frequency-based goals (15 days a month), or long-term goals such as running in a National Park in each state. Others lengthen their longest weekly run.

The latter appealed to me, but mostly because the running group I joined immediately upon moving to Saratoga Springs now runs 7 miles every Wednesday night (a lot for a weeknight, no?). So this is my new goal: If I run the whole distance on Wednesday nights, I can treat myself to a post-run treat at Olde Saratoga Brewing Co., where the run starts and ends.

I already run three days a week on a pretty regular basis, so I’m coming up short on other non-racing-based goals. Ideas? I’m all ears!



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2 responses to “Running goals (not racing goals)

  1. Sign up for an ultra! No speed required, in fact, walking the hills is standard practice!

  2. Hi Amy,
    I discovered your blog through US Masters Swimming. I use their “Go the Distance” program ( to set swimming goals and follow my progress. I’ve found it a useful tool in keeping me motivated when the alarm goes off at 4:30 am. I’m not a runner, so I’m not sure if the process would translate to your efforts or meet your need for non-racing goals.

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