I’ll be completely honest, I’m on vacation right now and writing this pretty quickly. So this will be a short review/preview but I just want to let everyone know I’m still looking at how HillRunner.com is doing and always thinking about how to make it better.
I’m going to be short on the 2022 preview for one primary reason: unless I hear something from you, sometimes I just go with the flow and figure out what to do. I promise that, every year, I at least try a few things to make the experience for the community better or try to reach new people. I will continue that in 2022 but what 2022 will bring, unless I hear from you, will be somewhat unpredictable.
It’s the time of the year where we’re planning out our racing seasons for next year and setting our goals. How do you go about setting a good goal, though? You want a goal that will challenge you without feeling overwhelming.
In other fields, you may have heard of SMART goals. I think the SMART goal concept works very well for runners. But how does it apply to runners?
Not long ago, I was listening to a podcast about goal setting. It brought up an idea that I found interesting and made an interesting case for it. To be honest, it goes against what I’ve done in the past but I see the argument in favor of it.
The idea is that goals should be set so you can achieve them at least 80% of the time. Essentially, don’t chase incredibly tough goals. Instead, set yourself up for success most of the time but sometimes challenge yourself with a tough goal.