It’s the time of year where everyone sets their new years resolutions. I know it can be an eye rolling time where everyone seems to be already bragging about the things that they’re going to do, but it really is an inspiring time to start something new. The key to successful resolutions is to set actionable goals. It’s not all about the end result, but how you plan to get there.
I compare goal setting to training for running marathons. To be able to run 26.2 miles, you have to start somewhere, and that is usually by running single digit distances! You can never achieve the marathon distance without lots of steps along the way. Most goals are really similar– you don’t get in shape by going to the gym once. You get in shape by starting to go once a week, and then twice, and then it becomes your daily habit.
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Not every life change has to be a sweeping new year’s resolution. In fact, the biggest changes you can make to your life are the little things that you do each and every day that add up. If you simply woke up 20 minutes earlier each morning to do yoga, that adds up to over 2 hours of exercise a week! Or if you swap out your daily $5 coffee for coffee made at home, you could save over $1,000 in a year (this stat fully applies to me…).
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Last month, Rachel Hollis (of Girl, Wash Your Face fame) came to speak to us at my work. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of her. I like the fundamentals of her messages, but I don’t always agree that people just need to “try harder” to find success. The one part of her talk that did stick with me was that its never a bad time to start new goals. I naturally tend to be a very goal oriented person, so I feel like this is something I have always done, but I like the reminder that you don’t have to wait for a new year to work towards a better you.
The best way to achieve your goals is to have a plan that breaks down the goal into manageable steps. When I am training for a marathon, I have a coach build a calendar with 16 weeks worth of daily workouts. Going from casually running to racing 26.2 miles is only achievable when you work towards it each day.
When I’m not training for a race, it’s hard not to find myself a little lost with what I should be doing. I try to do a couple of days of strength training, a couple of days of running, some yoga, and rest each week. In order to plan out my week, and give myself little goals, I started using a weekly calendar.
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Last weekend, I ran my 3rd Twin Cities marathon. As I shared earlier, my training went pretty well up until September. I think I hit almost every run on my plan, and my first 20 miler felt really good. Then in September, my IT band started flaring up and I came down with a cold. I got my second 20 miler in, but it was ROUGH. I also started missing more workouts than I completed, just trying to get my body to recover.
I spent the day before the marathon in bed with body aches and a fever. If you’ve been following along, this is the exact same thing that happened last year. Knowing how miserable last year’s race was, I was dreading having to go through that again. I woke up on race morning and didn’t feel as bad as the day before but was really nauseous. Last year I made the mistake of not eating before the race, so I ate a starch bar and a spoonful of peanut butter. I kept sipping mint tea to try to help, but it didn’t seem to help. I just tried to get ready and calm myself before the race.
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After training for 3 marathons, I finally feel like I know the right way to train to help set myself up for a successful race day. From just hoping I could finish my first marathon, to overtraining and ending up injured for my second, it took a third time in order to train smart and set myself up for success.
There is so much running advice out there, from people who should and people who shouldn’t be giving it. The most important thing to remember is to know yourself. Know when to push yourself into the uncomfortable places, but also know when to call it when your body isn’t feeling right. Remember at the end of the day, it all comes down to your body running!
There is only so much you can actually control during your training and on race day, but these 26 things are important to keep in mind throughout the process.
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Getting up at the crack of dawn is sometimes the only way you can fit running into your schedule, but running in the morning can be really hard, especially when you would normally still be in bed! I prefer an afternoon or evening run, but most of my long runs have to be done in the early morning hours because of my work schedule. During the hot summer months, running in the morning can also be a lot safer if daytime temps get into the 90’s or above!
It’s also important to get your body used to running early since most races start at that time too. If you only ever run in the afternoon but have a race that starts at 7am, you’re in for a rude awakening.
I’ve found a few ways to make early morning runs a little easier on myself. Sometimes it’s even enjoyable to be out running before the rest of the world wakes up!
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