As someone who has only recently started to take running a bit more seriously I am full of enthusiasm for running. I want to go out and run faster and further as each week passes. As I develop an understanding of what I might be capable of I am starting to plan goals to aim at. I have short and medium term goals in mind, nothing concrete yet as I am still new to this. What I want to know is how do others on here go about setting realistic goals for themselves? What techniques do you employ to identify your goal? Is it finger in the air? Gut instinct? Round your target time down to the nearest minute? Or are there specific methodologies out there that help people set realistic goals? Would be interesting to hear how others go about this.