Happy New Year! It’s officially 2022, have you set your running goals for this year? Probably not, that’s why you’re here. Don’t worry, it’s not too late to create your running goals this 2022. We’re going to help you step by step on how you can create smart goals and achieve them by the end of the year. 

Step 1: Specific 

If you really want to achieve your goals, you need to be specific. Don’t just say you want to run faster. Be specific as much as you can. For example, your goal can be to run a 5k under 30 minutes within 2 week. Another great example that’s very specific is to join a running event in Dubai either Mai Dubai City Half Marathon or the Skechers Performance Run Series. 

Step 2: Measurable 

Your goal also needs to be measurable – how will you get there? We suggest linking your goal to something that can be measurable: a race, a distance, a time, a pace, a number of days, etc. If you just say that you want to “eat healthier’, you won’t be able to easily tell if your goals have been achieved or not. 

Step 3: Achievable

This is probably the hardest part of setting goals for a lot of runners. A lot of runners get too excited and set so many goals that aren’t realistic. You know yourself the most: make sure that you can reach your goal. If it’s too hard, you’ll get unmotivated, frustrated and eventually quit. Set long term goals and short term goals, this will make your goals less intimidating. Let’s say your goal is to join the next Mai Dubai City Half Marathon, your short term goals should be something like: to do strength training 3x a week until the day of the half marathon. 

Step 4: Relevant 

Is your goal relevant to running? If not, then remove it from your list. Also, don’t just search for running goals and copy them. Your running goals need to be specific to you. Make sure that they match where you honestly are and where you could get by the end of year. 

Step 5: Time-Bound 

A deadline is a must for every goal. Without a time frame, you may get distracted, lose motivation, or set new records for procrastination. Be honest with yourself and give yourself enough time to achieve your goals, but don’t drag it out too long either. 

How Do You Achieve Your Goals?

The greatest tip we always tell our runners is to believe in themselves. We know it’s corny, but it’s true. If you don’t believe that you’ll be able to achieve your goals that will affect your overall dedication and stop you from achieving your goals overall. You should also build strong habits related to your running goals. Once you’ve built the habit of something, it won’t feel like a burden any more. Next thing you know is you’ve already achieved your goal. 

If one of your goals is to join a race event, you’ve come to the right place because we know the best running events in Dubai. Join the events below and you’ll surely won’t regret it. 

  • The Skechers Performance Run has 2.5km, 5km, and 10km races available for runners. This is perfect for runners who plan to join their first race as well as runners who want to get faster or want to earn a medal!

Upcoming Race Dates: 

  • 15th January 
  • 12th February 
  • 26th March 
  • The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is the only corporate global race designed to promote team-building and healthy work-life balance between colleagues. Register now! The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay will be held soon at DIFC on 9th February 2022. 
  • The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon 

The 3rd Mai Dubai City Half Marathon was last held on 15th October 2021. To be updated on the next Mai Dubai City Half Marathon date – follow @promosevensports on Instagram. 

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