Whenever you are training for a race, the best place to start is to create some goals to achieve throughout your training and during your race. Completing your goals can give you that additional sense of accomplishment when you receive your medal, knowing that you did everything to succeed during your race. However, setting goals for yourself is not always easy. That’s why we created this guide, so that you understand what kinds of goals you should be setting and how you can reach them
If this is your first race, it’s best to start small when it comes to your goals. You need to be practical about what you can and cannot accomplish. For example, if your current running speed is approximately a 9-minute mile, don’t expect to be able to run a 6-minute mile in the course of a few months of training. Decide on a goal that is doable but will still be a challenge for you.
Create Training Goals
Not only is it a good idea to create goals that are related to the race itself, but you will also want to develop goals that are training related. Of course, you will want some goals that help you with your training regimen, such as committing to train every day or every other day, but it is also a good idea to create goals before each training session. This will give you something to focus on for that session and it can give you a boost of confidence when you are able to stay focused on your goal.
Focus on Yourself
Yes, there is some competition when it comes to virtual races, but they are really about self-improvement. You really shouldn’t be thinking about what place you are going to be in or how many people you want to be ahead of, but think about how you can better your abilities through your virtual race. Maybe for this race, you are going to try for your personal best, or maybe you are going to run the entire race without stopping to walk.
Celebrate Your Victories
Of course, one of the most exciting moments of the virtual race is when you finally get your medal. It’s great to take some time to look back at what you were able to accomplish and to celebrate what you were able to achieve. Get some friends and do something that you enjoy doing. This is a great way to involve loved ones in your virtual race as well as your fitness journey.
Making Goals for Your Virtual Race
When you are able to complete your race and accomplish everything that you had set out to do, it just makes victory so much sweeter. Virtual races make it so much easier for you to have the ability to focus on yourself, because you aren’t comparing yourself to others when you are in your race. Find a race that works with your fitness goals and have fun with it!