I have decided to follow the World Running full marathon intermediate training guide. The main reason I chose that one is because it advises the runs in time rather than distance. I was elated when I first heard that I was lucky enough to be selected to run with NWH. It was not long before reality set in and I wondered “how am I going to run for four hours or more??” I realized it was the length of time rather than the distance that seemed daunting to me. In following this plan, I have found that I like my training runs planned in time rather than distance. It has changed my attitude towards my running. I enjoy going out knowing how long I will be running and not trying to finish up quickly to get on with my day.
Training has definitely affected my daily life in a very positive way. I enjoy running and now I have more motivation to do it. I am also incorporating some HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts, stretching videos and yoga. I am going to physical therapy also, which is helping me to work on my areas of weakness. I have my training plan in my calendar all the way until April 18th! I have some friends coming along with me on some of my runs, which is great. I help to motivate some, and others motivate me to work harder than I otherwise would (you know who you are). I am looking forward to seeing some of my friends along the route. It’s a great feeling to know that I have people out there who are planning to cheer me on. It is very motivating for me. It really encourages me to get out and train.
I have to admit I was a bit nervous to do this. I wondered if I would be ready. I wondered if I would be able to do the training. I was concerned about injuries. But now that I am on my way I realize that those fears should not keep me from doing something I am so excited to try. When I start to feel discouraged, I just look to the people I know who have done it before me and reflect on how impressed and inspired I was by their accomplishment. This gives me the motivation to overcome the fear and get out there and run.