Columbus marathon…registered. I may be considered insane by some standards, and trust me I am already asking myself what was I thinking? Well, I have no idea what I was thinking except that my mom did it and therefore I have to do one. When I was watching her and the thousands of other runners and walkers out there, I was wishing I was out there with them. Instead I was toting my 3 month old around to the spectator view points to cheer on grandma!
So…this post is about setting a goal that gives you something to strive towards. Make it something realistic that is attainable. I would not register for a marathon or even a half if you’ve never ran/walked a race. Start with a 5k and give yourself enough time to train, so it shouldn’t be next weekend or even in two weeks. There are great training programs out there to help you prepare.
Once you determine what you want your goal to be, sign up! If you commit financially, you are more likely to continue towards that goal. Find a buddy to help you stay on track. This person could be a friend, coworker, family member. Just make sure this person won’t let you slack. If you agree to meet for a run at 7am, you are less likely to stand that person up because they are counting on you just as much as you are counting on them. There have been numerous mornings where I wanted to bail on my mom and sleep in a little longer, but I knew that she would be waiting for me. (This was pre-baby and we will soon be getting there again…Hailey needs to start sleeping better).
Next, don’t get yourself stressed or upset about your progress. Any time that you are up and moving towards your goal, you are making yourself healthier. When I first started running, it took me months to even make it a mile. Remember this is a marathon and not a sprint.
Finally, make sure your favorite people are at the finish line. This is your big event and you made it to the finish line! The people that love and support you should be there to celebrate (if they didn’t partake in the event with you). It is incredibly exciting to go across the finish line with your support system.
Remember you can do anything you set your mind to! I will be there to support you along the way. Feel free to comment or send me a message and I will be your virtual support! Be confident! Be fit! Be you!
If you feel crazy like me and want to join me for the Columbus Marathon, registration is open! http://www.columbusmarathon.com
However, if you want to start small you can find a ton of great races on the Ohio Subway Challenge Series here: http://ohiochallengeseries.com