Currently, I have a few running goals in mind when I go out for a run. I am training for a half marathon, so distance is one goal. I am also trying to break 40:00 on my 5 mile run, so speed is my second goal. Lastly, I want to lose another 10 pounds.
Sometimes, it can feel like the goals are working against each other. The longer the run I do, the slower I go since I am running a relaxed pace. Also, since I am running without a watch on almost all of my runs, I do not have too many speed sessions. When I do run for time, I usually go a shorter distance.
However, in reality, the different goals are helping one another. The last timed run I did on my 5 mile route was 44:33. This was almost a minute faster than my previous timed runs. This is also 11 minutes faster than the same run I did last summer. While I have not reached my goal yet, I am moving in the right direction. Now that I have extended some of my runs to 6 and 7 miles, and the 4 and 5 mile routes are getting even easier.
The first two goals will help me to achieve the third goal. The longer and faster I can run, the more calories I will burn and the faster my metabolism will work. If I say on my healthy eating plan, the weight should come off in no time. Lastly, when I do lose the 10 pounds, the additional weight loss will help to run farther and faster.
Do you have multiple goals to achieve with your running?