Goals have different meanings for different people. Often times, new runners (or athletes) are afraid of setting goals. In part, this is because everything is so new, that just completing the activity is already a challenge and they don’t even know where to start. On the other hand, veteran athletes often have the tendency to get too hung up on their goals or to let their goals define them. Because I believe that goals should be viewed as fluid, not static, I have outlined the three phases that I have found to be critical to any athletic pursuit.
Celebration, Relaxation, and Rest