How to Set Goals that Scare You Sh*tless: New Interview with Joel Runyon

by Jason Fitzgerald

Remember back in January when you made your bold New Year’s Resolutions?

I’m going to run my first marathon this year!Goals

It’s time I lost 40 pounds!

Finally, I’m going to stay injury-free for an entire year!

And now it’s April – are you on track to reach your resolutions? If not, why is it SO EASY to make big promises to yourself as you toast the New Year, then lose momentum in just a few days or weeks?

Unfortunately, humans are lazy. We always do the bare minimum unless our ass is held over the fire. It’s like in school when you waited until the last day to write that 15-page paper on Catcher in the Rye. I hate you, J.D. Salinger.

Since consistency is the “secret sauce” of good training – and a constant struggle for many of us – this laziness threatens to derail our running.

The Cure to Hum-Drum Goals

The problem with many of our goals is that they’re boring. Beginners hope to improve by a minute in a half marathon. Or a runner will try to run seven days in a row (a whole week!).

But these goals aren’t exciting. No wonder you lose momentum and fizzle out.

So I sat down with Joel Runyon, creator of Impossible HQ and ultramarathoner, to talk about the goal setting process.

See, Joel’s run 50k. And a half-Ironman triathlon. He’s also run two marathons on back-to-back weekends. “They were just training runs,” he told me…

He knows what it’s like to set goals that scare you shitless. It’s what motivates him to accomplish seemingly “impossible” things.

So I was fascinated to interview Joel for the SR Boot Camp about his mindset on motivation, discipline, stretch goals, and his experience with accomplishing the impossible.

My favorite topics from our conversation:

  • How Joel blackmails himself to train
  • “Flipping the mental switch”
  • How to make your workouts non-negotiable
  • The “ladder approach” to setting – and accomplishing – stretch goals

Below is a preview of the interview where Joel talks about how he’s able to stay disciplined and accomplish so much.

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The full interview is over 31 minutes and we go deeper into the topics of motivation, goals, and how to mentally prepare for big races like his 50k ultramarathon.

It’s included in Week 2 of the Boot Camp: Creating the Motivation to Crave Running. Each day in week 2 includes a lesson on building momentum in your running.

  • How to build more confidence and “snowball” momentum
  • The psychology of “small wins” and the value of stretch goals
  • How to avoid Double Marathon Syndrome
  • …and more

The SR Boot Camp shows you the exact strategies to stay motivated, feel stronger, and run as consistently as those “top” runners who seem to accomplish so much. It’s delivered directly to your inbox, every day. For 28 straight days, I’ll be empowering you to make more progress than you ever have before.

Imagine knowing that every day, I’ll be delivering a new lesson to your inbox, nudging you in the right direction and encouraging you to reach your big goal.

Today, I invite you to join the 4-week Boot Camp course and get more consistent than ever: http://strengthrunning.com/boot-camp/

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