A goal is a dream with a deadline - Napoleon Hill
As an Athletics Australia accredited running coach, I was lucky enough to spend a few days at a running camp in Falls Creek, Victoria, in January. More than 400 runners - from Olympians training for the Rio Games to weekend runners - set out together every morning.
The one thing they all had in common? Their own goals, whether an Olympic medal or finishing their first half marathon at the Canberra Running Festival in April or running a marathon this year.
If you've just bought your first pair of running shoes or you made that New Year's resolution after a few too many glasses of red wine, it's time to lock in that goal.
I tell my runners that the best way to lock in their goal is to enter their goal race as soon as they can. There's no greater motivation than pressing the "ENTER" button.
Be accountable for your goal - Some race entries such as the Women's Day Fun Run in Brisbane on 6 March will give you the option to post on social media that you've entered the race. Let everyone know - friends, family and work colleagues. It's amazing the support you'll get when you tell people you've entered a run. Don't be surprised if you end up with a few running buddies who want to join you!
Planning - Every goal needs a plan. The Internet is full of plans you can download, whether you are just starting out or you want to tackle your first 10k, half marathon or marathon.
Reward yourself - Reaching your goal, whether it be to finish or to hit that personal best, will be a fantastic achievement, so why shouldn't you reward yourself? Write your goal down, or take a screenshot of the event t-shirt or new pair of running shoes you've promised yourself and make it your screensaver.
So how about it? Lock in that goal, be accountable, plan, and then enjoy the reward!
See you out there hitting the pavement!