Running with the End in Mind.

TeamCaptain —  August 28, 2012

We’ve talked about determining your purpose for running & life in this post: Running for a Purpose.  Purpose helps us determine the ultimate destination.  Goals are the result for each part of that journey.  As a runner you are somewhere along the journey.  Perhaps you’re at the beginning, middle or maybe you’re a seasoned veteran.  Either way, to continue to be a successful runner you will need goals.

Why should you set goals?

  • running goalsGoals help you push through difficult runs.
  • Goals keep you focused on the end result…your purpose.
  • Goals build self confidence and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Goals will push you to work harder during workouts.
  • Goals will help you become more persistant on longer runs.
  • Goals will give you insight to your true ability.
  • Goals will build your excitement about running. 
  • Goals will move you closer and closer to your ultimate destination. 

Running is Difficult – So is Life.

Goals are beneficial but they will not stop the tough times that you will face while running.  The same is true in our lives.  We will all face difficult times.  Loss of a loved one, incurable diseases, financial ruin, workplace and family drama.  Life is full of difficulty.  Paul talked about how we will face difficulty,

2 Timothy 2:3-7,10
“Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.5 And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules.6 And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.7 Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things.
10 So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.”

What do farmers, soldiers & athletes have in common? They have to sacrifice and go through suffering to reach their goals.  Sacrifice and suffering is not only for these three.  Many roles in life require us to forgo certain pleasures for a time to accomplish our goals.  Parents sacrifice much for the benefit of their children.  Small Business owners forgo short-term benefits for long term financial gain.  Paul tells us that Christians will need to endure suffering if we want to have an eternal gain.

Goal Setting QuestionsGoal-Definition

  • What are you willing to sacrifice to reach your goals?
  • What is your purpose in running?  Have you set goals to move you closer to that purpose?
  • What is your purpose in life?  Have you set goals to move you closer to that purpose?
  • What goals will help you stay in good spiritual condition?
  • What goals can you set today that are obtainable?

Now run after you goals…physically & spiritually.

Spiritual & Running Goal Setting Tools

You Version – great bible reading plans.
Runners World Smart Coach – great tool for training.
Life Goals – great resource from Michael Hyatt
What tools do you use for spiritual & physical training? Let us know in the comments section.


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Aaron resides in Austin, MN & works as a Next Generation Pastor at Cornerstone Church. His current addiction is running and anything involving Team Uppercut. When not spending time with his family or pounding the pavement you will find him loving every minute of Fly Kids.

One response to Running with the End in Mind.

  1. Excellent! Goals are huge….I can not emphasize that enough. They are the secret to Success. Great tools to help you achieve your goals are:
    WOD (workout of the day) Generator: (I love the bodyweight workouts as they require little equipment)
    Spiritually I like Jack Hayfords Devotionals in addition to Youversions: (he has excellent podcasts that you can download from this site also for free or a donation if you want to listen to while you workout.)
    Life Goals I like to Listen to An old audio of Earl Nightingale for free on youtube: (I have it in MP3 format on my iPhone and I will write a post on this when I get time for my 5k to 50k site.)

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