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As runners, we often measure ourselves based on our goals; goals that may include time, distance or pace. We set these goals to push ourselves to run farther and/or faster and when we achieve our goals we are elated. However, when we may not reach our goal we should still find reasons to celebrate.

On September 8th I finished my first half marathon; that achievement alone is reason to celebrate. I have been training with my long-time friend and now running buddy, John Jankowski since July to up our running distance from a 10K to a half marathon. Throughout all the training I set my goal to finish the race in 2 hours and 30 minutes. When I crossed the finish line, my time was 2:36:40, six minutes and 40 seconds beyond my goal.


 
 
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A good running program should consist of different types of runs throughout your weekly schedule. Often forgotten by beginners and those “strapped” for time is the long run. If you are looking to get faster or run farther, a weekly long run has got to be part of your program.

Whether a new runner or an experienced runner, a weekly long run should be part of your running program. Long runs have a lot of benefits that include helping you to run faster in your shorter distances (like a 5K) and run farther if you are looking to increase mileage.



 
 
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With the start of the New Year, many of us have made resolutions; to lose weight, to start running or to reach certain time or distance goals with our running program. The plan is to stick to your resolution or goals as I prefer to call them, and reach them sometime during the year. But what if you have not made any goals or are having difficulty putting some goals together? Here are some suggestions on making and reaching your goals.