The Morgan Valley Marathon, half marathon and 5k are now less than 6 months away. It may seem impossible or out of reach for many but if you change your state of mind from “I can’t run a marathon” to “I will run a marathon” that will be your first step in accomplishing this goal.
Keeping a positive attitude is so important when setting a goal to run. At first it may be a little uncomfortable, tired legs, difficulty in breathing and soreness the day after. But if it were easy, everyone would be running! Well it’s not always easy but it is definitely worth it!
When you get through your first weeks of training you will notice your legs don’t hurt anymore, your breathing has somehow caught up and you no longer feel sore! As you continue running you will feel better, have more energy, less stress and a happier outlook on life!
You don’t have to go out and run 10 miles every day to receive these benefits. As you start running it works best if you begin easy and build gradually. It is amazing how after a few weeks of running, your long run of 3 miles becomes 6, then 10 and in a few months your long run is 20 miles! Most important is to establish a goal, whether your goal is to finish a marathon, a half marathon or a 5k.
Once your goal is chosen, everything else will fall in to place. Here are a few ideas to help get more motivated: 1. Get your friends and family involved. Set “running dates” with them- it’s much more difficult to talk yourself out of a run if you have someone waiting for you!!
2. Sign up for a race! Once you’ve signed up and paid your entry fee you will have a greater desire to train!
3.The night before your run set out your running clothes and shoes. Sometimes the hardest part about running is putting your shoes on and getting out the door!
4. Get a good pair of shoes! Running truly is an inexpensive way to exercise, but it is important to get a good pair of shoes to avoid injury! Most of all keep a positive attitude and have confidence in yourself! There are many websites that will offer training tips and training schedules. Everyone is different and it is important to do what works best for you! Don’t get discouraged if you miss a few days or have a difficult time getting into a routine. There is always tomorrow and the road is always open!!!
If you want to become a runner there is only one thing you need to doRUN!!
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