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(excerpted from the Runner's Lifestyle Log, page 13)

You know your own Everest; the point that you would like to reach. No one can tell you whether it is possible or not. Inside, you know the commitment you are prepared to make and your abilities.

You should decide on a long-term dream goal; a dream goal for this season; a realistic performance goal for this season; self-acceptance; and a daily goal.

For some, running 1 mile or running a certain distance without stopping is reward enough. Others may want to lose a certain amount of weight and yet others may want to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Goals are personal and don't worry about what others strive after. We all compete against ourselves.

Step 1
Write down a difficult but achievable ultimate goal.
Step 2
Write down your dream goal for the next few months that would help attain your ultimate goal.
Step 3
Write down your realistic performance goal for this season. It might help to set dates for other goals leading to the performance goal, such as running a distance within a certain time of completing a distance without walking
Step 4
Evaluate your progress and consider whether you are aiming too high (you might need more base mileage) or whether you should set yourself a harder target.

Step 5

Establish a weekly goal for improvement, remembering that the more realistic you are, the better the chances are of attaining it. Use a log book, such as the Runner's Lifestyle Log, to record your progress. Use it as a dairy to record how you feel and where you ran. Modify training if necessary.

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