Last night, I attended a Long Distance Training Tips Clinic as part of my marathon training group. While this is my third full-cycle of marathon training, I definitely still feel like a newbie to it all in many ways, and so it was definitely a treat to hear tips from our experienced coach.
In the course of about an hour and 15 minutes, we heard about the importance of mixing up terrain, Quality and Recovery workouts, hill work and track repeats, as well as nutrition guidelines and appropriate goal-setting. There were many great lessons learned, but the most memorable piece of advice came in these three simple guiding principles:
- Stay Injury Free
- Enjoy It!
- Achieve a Goal
As simple as they sound, I couldn’t agree more! Training for endurance events is tough – taking a moment to just reflect on what you’re doing and why – can make a world of difference.
Each of us are on different journeys in our running – and really, in life. We should all strive to run healthy and free, push ourselves to new heights (that are appropriate for us) and have fun along the way. Sure, not every moment is going to be blissful, but to reach for those shining moments – crossing the finish line, rocking a PR, or just coasting along a gorgeous path with friends – that’s what makes it all worth it!
What keeps you RUNNING?
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