By Louise (October 20th) ... I am using a training program in preparation for the half marathon in December. This is a first for me and there are a multitude of options out there to choose from – trust me I have researched extensively. I have decided to use a plan that combines running, cross training and strength training. I figure the variety and the idea of overall training of the body will keep injuries at bay and keep the motivation alive.
I am also tracking my performance and am chunking the end goal into manageable achievable targets. The idea of 21KM can be daunting but everyone has to start somewhere whether a new or seasoned runner.
I have taken a traffic light approach – well I am a teacher what else would you expect. This allows me to see patterns that are occurring and prevent the psychological thought that if I have a poor training session it’s all over. It’s one training session and this doesn’t negate what I achieved yesterday or will achieve tomorrow. This is powerful for me as I am a perfectionist by nature, I am the worst for placing myself under pressure.
Training is coming along OK, the first 7 weeks are under my belt and have been a mixture of successes, but part of what running teaches me is perseverance, self-discipline and determination. I have this in abundance so bring on the challenge!!
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