How do you stay motivated without races to train? You shift your focus away from PR’s being the only thing that gets you out the door! It’s time for running goals that will keep you going, no matter what’s happening.
In my book, I dive in to this topic and we go a lot more in to finding your WHY. I can almost guarantee you didn’t start running just to hit a PR.
Which means there are absolutely other things that could excite you, motivate you and get you out the door even for cold weather running!
Luckily, as long as I’m able to run, I’m a pretty dang happy runner and I think we all need a reminder that fast isn’t the only way to be successful.
10 Non-PR Running Goals
It’s not uncommon for me to run 1600 miles a year while doing only one race, so PR’s stopped being a driving force for me. But they are fun…so when that’s not going to happen, you can enjoy a practice race and pick another running goal!
Here are 10 fun goals to keep you motivated, when the clock isn’t what you want to race for.
1. Pacing a Friend
Want to enjoy the race atmosphere without the pressure? How about helping a friend reach their goal of a new pace or distance, which you’ve run easily a few times previously.
You’ll get to enjoy the sites, be their cheerleader and remember that no matter what your finish time is the act of showing up is pretty spectacular.
2. Running a New Distance/Race Style
It’s an automatic PR if you run a new distance, which means you can simply enjoy the first go round knowing that you’ll be able to improve next time around.
Try a 10 mile road race, a Spartan race, a trail race or another totally new to you distance.
This idea is what go me to run a solo Ultramarathon. I knew that my only goal was to finish and learn a whole lot about myself in the process!Stay motivated to run without racing the clock with 10 Non-PR #goals #sweatpink Click To Tweet
3. Raise Money for Charity
Want to more kids drinking clean water in Africa? Want more kids eating 3 meals a day in the US?
Find a great charity to work with and you’ll find it easier to put in the miles. Or here’s a great breakdown on how to run for a cause with or without a race! You can create your own thing to get you excited.
I worked with Run10Feed10 for a few years and it truly motivated me to get tons of friends together and see what a difference we were making in feeding kids across the US.Ahhh I do not miss the never ending sweat of my Miami days, this is circa 2012…notice the sweat shine at 5AM!
4. Snag A Running Partner
As a solo runner, I know many of you enjoy your running time as a chance to disconnect and think.
But there’s simply too much research proclaiming the benefits of running with others to ignore it. Get over your fear of joining a running group, put forth a little extra effort to meet up with a friend one day each week or start making your get-togethers more fitness focused.
- It provides accountability
- Run with a faster friend on your speed work days
- Grab a newer runner to help them on your easy day and you’ll actually keep it easy
5. Go Plyo
Instead of simply focusing on running for speed building, start testing your strength in other areas.
Studies show that adding plyometrics can increase your speed.
Try adding 1 rep every week to the number of squat jumps, burpees, jump lunges or even pull ups you currently can do. And YES my dear masters runners this applies to you too! It’s even more important with age that we do some of the explosive movements to overcome dropping hormones and age related issues.
6. Dial In Consistency
What happens when your body no longer allows you to run the way you used to?
I know this all too well, but so does Lisa of Run Wiki who was far faster than I’ll likely ever be and now is focusing on simply hitting 5 runs a week.
If her disease won’t allow her to PR, then she can still find the triumph in showing up, the joy in moving and the community that running provides.
Consistency doesn’t sound sexy, but just think about how it would change your week to get in a routine. To hit all your runs without excuses. To actually do the runner strength training that’s so needed!
7. Ramping Up Nutrition
Maybe now is the time to focus on the nutrition that will make your runs feel better or help you lose the weight that got you running to start with.
I decided that was exactly my focus this year!
- I increased protein to help with muscle recovery and as is turns out cut my sweet tooth
- I focused on eating ENOUGH food to really fuel the miles and maintain energy
- I continued my focus on anti-inflammatory foods to enhance recovery
8. Diversify Your Route
With your eyes closed, you can map out the route from your door through the neighborhood and back to equal 3 miles.
Repetition is comforting, but it can also lead to boredom.
Set a goal to mix it up once a week:
- turn right instead of left
- can you run every road in your town
- hop in the car and actually run somewhere else entirely
- what about trails?? are you running those?
9. A Running Streak
While you know how I feel about streak running, a short term streak might be exactly what you need to get addicted to that sweaty runner’s high.
It forces you to start thinking more creatively about how much time you have in the day and to enjoy running in random new places to make it happen.
- Keep the streak short
- Keep the goal easy like 1 mile a day
- If you feel an injury starting, stop!
- A streak can also be just doing SOMETHING everyday. Run, walk, yoga, mobility, strength.
10. Race With Someone
Maybe you want to attempt a first race with your spouse, your kids, your girlfriends!
Try changing up your partners for an entirely new race experience. This shifts the focus from what’s happening on your watch to the people around you, reminding you to laugh, giggle even, and enjoy the journey. I think Coach K has this dialed in!
Sure you could say that those who can’t do, teach and thus those who can’t win find other goals. I just don’t agree with that. I love that running is an inclusive sport and I love that running doesn’t have to be about winning a race.
We win every time we lace up.
Once you are ready to race, even Virtually, checkout these posts:
Do you ever set non-time related goals?
OTHER WAYS TO CONNECT
Get each new post in your inbox — talk about speedy service
Get more inspiration on Pinterest