Why it’s cru­cial to have a goal

Athletics Weekly - - Contents - Euan Crum­ley, Ed­i­to­rial Di­rec­tor

THIS is the time of year when ath­letes across the coun­try start hatch­ing plans and cre­at­ing goals for the months to come.

This guide is fo­cused on the chal­lenges pre­sented by the marathon and half-marathon but, what­ever your goal, the key is sim­ply to have one in the first place.

“It’s para­mount,” says marathon world record-holder Paula Rad­cliffe when it comes to giv­ing your­self your own per­sonal tar­get to hit.

“Ev­ery­body has to have a goal. It’s im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge that goal, to put it some­where where you’re re­minded ev­ery day why you want to do it, why it’s im­por­tant to you and what you’re work­ing to­wards.

“It’s a tough jour­ney and there are times when you are tired and you don’t re­ally want to go out and get a train­ing run done. But when you know what the goal is and you know what you’re work­ing to­wards, it’s that much eas­ier to get out and do it.”

The fol­low­ing pages are packed with op­tions and in­spi­ra­tion. Good luck with what­ever you choose to do in 2019.

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