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New to Running – Get Started with Goal Setting

New to Running – Get Started with Goal Setting

Does trail running interest you? The only problem is you are not a runner. Well, walking is a great way to increase fitness, enjoy the outdoors and get accustom to the terrain.

Whether I am starting a new sport or taking one to the next level, I have found the greatest success by setting my goal first. Begin by understanding your “point A”, your current fitness level. How long can you walk? What is your intensity level? (This is best measured by the percentage of your maximum heart rate.)

Then set a SMART goal.

Time Sensitive

When setting a goal it must be precise, something you can quantify, something within reach, significant to you and you must set a completion date so you know when the goal has been met.

I would recommend setting a long-term goal that gets you excited. Perhaps this is to walk in a local 5k charitable event or hike a certain mountain. Once the long-term goal has been established, set a few shorter, interim goals so you can celebrate progress along the way. Perhaps this is when you reach your first mile. Or walk for 30 minutes. Or walk at an intensity equal to 70% of your maximum heart rate.

And finally, reward yourself for a job well done.

Life is about the journey so enjoy the walk!

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Kristy has been an avid runner since January 1, 2000 when she accepted a new year’s resolution challenge to run 1000 miles that year. Motivated by challenges, Kristy soon discovered her untapped passion. Never having been an endurance athlete, at first, Kristy struggled to complete 2 mile runs. A Runner’s World subscription became her coach and playing mind games became her strategy to increase distance. After 9 weeks, she ran her first race: a half marathon. Crossing the finish line was a feeling she never anticipated. She was hooked! At month 11, she completed her first full marathon.

Since then, Kristy has completed 10 marathons; Boston, Chicago and Auckland, New Zealand rounding out her top 3. After a sacrum fracture (lower back) in 2009, she led a blind man to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft), swam Alcatraz and challenged herself to an Ironman in 90 days to raise money for childhood obesity never having ridden a bike. Immediately following Ironman Cozumel, she took on the grueling course of Ironman St George.

Kristy enjoys trail running near her home with friends and her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kingston.

Kristy' training includes;
• Certified USAT Level 1 Coach
• NASM Certified Personal Trainer
• ISSA Specialist in Sports Nutrition.

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2 Responses

  1. Kristy Kevitt says:

    Jay, you are a true inspiration and a perfect example of this! I still think back to the day I ran into you at Starbucks. I had just completed Ironman Cozumel and you tried to convince me my next challenge should be a 100 miles! I still think 26.2 miles of running is my limit. WOW!!! Impressive!

  2. Jay Danek says:

    Well put Kristy, this is exactly how I started. I could barely hike a mile when I started and now 100 miles of running doesn’t seem crazy.

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