How to Set Running Resolutions

By: Brian Elder

One of the most difficult things for a runner and people in general to do is to set goals and complete them. If you join our 5k Training Program we have an entire ebook about how to set goals S.M.A.R.T., but we want to give you some ideas for ways you can set goals as a runner in 2015. 

1. Choose a New Race.

One thing a lot of runners do is they like to choose a race they have never run before. Running a race is a great way to see a new place or city and get a feel for the culture and things that the community values. The Nashville Half Marathon and Marathon is a great example of this as they show how much they value country music. 

2. Try to Beat your Time from a Previous Race. 

While some people like to choose a new race to run, other runners prefer to run where they are familiar. Maybe you ran a good time on a course last year and think you can improve your time. Others might have had one of those bad race day experiences and need to redeem themselves by coming back stronger. Either way, beating your time from a previous race is a great goal to set. 

3. Run a New Distance

A few years ago I had taken a strange route to running different race distances. I went straight from a 5k to a Marathon and skipped the middle distances. Over time I began to realize the benefit of the middle distances in balancing time and training. One running resolution you could set would be to train for a race distance that you have never done before. No matter what time you run you set a P.R.!

4. Run a New Type of Race

Some people are road runners, others trail runners, and some prefer the "experience" races. If you have only run road races, consider doing a trail race. If you're someone who hasn't taken running times or P.R.'s seriously in the past during "experience" races, consider leaving the paint behind and try to run your best time. Change can be a good thing and you might find that you enjoy another area of running that you never thought you would. 

5. Set a P.R. 

There are a lot of different goals to set, but the one that feels the best for any runner is setting a P.R. (personal record). There is something about running a faster time then you have ever before that is rewarding. A lot of runners don't realize that you can reach other types of running personal records as well. Run more miles than you ever have in a week this year by increasing your mileage slowly. Run more miles in a month or year than you have ever run before. There are lots of ways to set a P.R. so explore your options and be better than ever before in 2015!


Brian Elder is a learner, amateur explorer, and runner that is going to run until it takes him somewhere. He is a graduate from the University of Georgia where he studied English and Religion. After running competitively on trails and roads, he fuels with an appetite so big you would swear it’s competitive.  Follow Brian on Instagram.