When you laced up your shoes for the first time, you probably had a short term goal in mind: Finish this run. Do it again soon. Maybe work up to a short race. But if you like running, you’ll need a road map that takes you farther into the future. Here’s how to figure out what that goal is—and then get there.
Whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to eventually run a marathon. I’ve been running long enough to know that I’m not really interested in the training I’d need to race a marathon. Same goes for triathlon – I have no interest in doing a half-iron or more (3/4 iron is becoming popular). It’s the constant question I find when people engage about my hobby/interest. I’m happy for those who do, but I could do without the people who can’t respect my decision or feel that I should have the same goal(s) as them.