The Big List Of Running Goals

I am a big believer in setting goals. So often in running, those goals are focused on racing – doing a half marathon or a marathon, for example.

But there is a big wide world of running goals out there, so I’d encourage you to broaden your goal horizons.

The Big List of Running Goals

Here is a list of running (and running related) goals to get you started.

The goal variations are endless.

Adding a time goal to a race is an obvious goal variation, but so is running in costume in all 50 states or listening to a new running podcast every day for a month. Mix and match until you find a goal (or goal combination) that speaks to you, and go for it!

Get the full list as a PDF.


On the Run

  • Run on the beach
  • Run on vacation
  • Run in a new city
  • Run in a new state
  • Run in a new country
  • Run with music
  • Run to a podcast or audiobook
  • Run in silence, without music or podcasts
  • Run every day for a week
  • Run every day for a month
  • Run every day for a year
  • Do a trail run
  • Run with no technology
  • Run alone
  • Run in a group
  • Run in the snow
  • Run in the rain
  • Run (safely!) run in the dark
  • Take a treadmill class


  • Run a 5k
  • Run a 10k
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a marathon
  • Run an ultra
  • Racecation! (Run a race while on vacation)
  • Run a random distance race
  • Run a virtual race
  • Win a race
  • Win an age group award
  • Do an obstacle course race
  • Do a fun race (like a glow run or a color run)
  • Run a race- just for fun
  • Run a race in costume

Running Adjacent

  • Spectate at race
  • Volunteer at a race
  • Crew or support a friend as they run a race
  • Create a running-specific Instagram account
  • Read a book about running
  • Listen to a running podcast
  • Keep a running or training journal
  • Join a running club
  • Join an online running community

Other Fitness

  • Do regular strength training for a month
  • Take a yoga class
  • Take a barre class
  • Take a stretching class
  • Foam roll regularly
  • Cross train regularly


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