Disclaimer: This is going to be about how I prepared (in terms of training) for the Marathon. Please note that I’ve only ever ran a Marathon once in my life. So, follow at your own risk.
Now that you know what to expect during Marathon training (Part 2), here are 5 things that can help motivate YOU through your training.
With the right ones, you will go further with your training. Running buddies are SO important during your training period! This year, I discovered the plus points of having a running buddy/buddies. I was once the solo runner, wandering aimlessly without any goals. I wished I had discovered the perks of having other runners around. Oh well, I guess it is never too late! I love my running buddies! They are the ones that hold me accountable for my runs. It is more difficult to ditch your run when you have made running plans with your buddies.
I brought my iPod with me during the Standard Chartered KL Marathon race! I train with music, so I don’t know what I’d do without it.
New workout gear
You know, when you have nothing else to push you out the door, BUY NEW CLOTHES/SHOES! I love flashing my new gear around my neighbourhood (even if nobody is looking). You just feel good, at least for the first few minutes. But by then it will be too late to turn back. HAH!
An excuse to go for your run to “test” your gear AND getting your training done. Win-win situation!
Think about all the FOOD that you can devour after you get your training miles in! Pick your guilty pleasure. JUST ONE! Only have that special treat AFTER you have completed your training. If you haven’t, then you don’t deserve it. It worked for me. TRY IT!
Set mini milestones along the way. The best way to track your progress is by signing up for a few short races before the full marathon! If you fail on your goals, don’t fret! Sit down, think about what went wrong, work on how you can make a change and set ANOTHER GOAL! Patience, patience, PATIENCE! The results will come. Trust your training. Don’t rush it by training extra hours. Do what you can with what you have. Eat well, sleep well and work hard. You’ll be looking at a faster you in NO TIME!
Anything to add to this list? I want to know what motivates YOU!