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I've got a set of goals written down, but they're all pretty long term and I probably won't hit any of them for a few years.

I think one of the reasons I don't improve at a rate at which I'd be happier with is because I don't have a real, goal-oriented training plan and I don't reevaluate my training often enough.

So, for those goal setters among us, how frequently to you reevaluate and readjust?

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After ever road race I run with you!
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I usually make annual goals. Life seems to change to much to go beyond that.
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Tuesday..

Don't know why, but it hit me that my "long term" goals weren't getting any closer. So I did some serious head scratching to decide realistically when I want to reach them and what it's going to take in terms of "along the way" goals. Now I've been staring at this multi-year plan the last couple days and actually it's starting to pump me up.
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I only have long term goals right now. Before my race last weekend i had a goal for the race, but nothing immediate. I'm just trying to build up distance so that i can start training for goals
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Due to the number of layoffs from injuries this year, I had to readjust alot of my short-term goals. But my long terms goals are still pretty much the same.
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Most of my goals are 6 mo to a year in a realistic point of view. I don't necessarily say that I will accomplish them within that time, but that's about how long I think it will take me. Long term goals are pretty intangible to me. Long term, I want to do an Ironman and an ultramarathon. I also want to stay in good shape for the rest of my life, and be able to talk smack to people half my age (when I'm 60 that is... not a whole lot of fun talking smack to a 10 yr old). As far as short term goals, these are my basic "run a sub-19 5k" or "run a marathon". These goals can change in as little as 2 months, because I still haven't reached a plateau where I level off as a runner. Because of my lackluster training and the fact that I haven't been running that long, I'm still seeing major improvements in short periods of time. Because my improvements happen so quickly, my goals can change quickly as well. Once I start to level off, my goals will take much longer to achieve and I will update them less frequently.

Longer post than I intended
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:shrug: at my age??? I've met my long-term goals. I think that I could improve on them...but not by much.....so I guess, I have an ongoing goal to improve at all distances for a few more years. Then I can determine new times for the sliding aged person times
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I set goals over the winter for summer racing season. This past year is one of the few times I actually made all of them. I might try for a pie in the sky goal for 5k time next year but I'll wait to see how training goes over the winter. I've traditionally faded over the winter so I have to see if I can overcome that issue.
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Are you interested in one specific race? You do so many different sports. Do you want to improve greatly in just one of them or all of them? I would say focus on a specific race. Getting an online coach may help too, if you have trouble focusing your training. You're a very good athlete, so if focus is your problem the coach will help you zero in on where you need to give more attention. I used one just for a month, when injury and then his schedule set us back...but I'll return after injury and after he's settled...and it's really great...especially if you're crunched for time. Good luck to you!

:)
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