Thursday, January 23, 2014

On the Path to 26.2

Three months ago, I started on the journey to complete the Modesto Marathon.  Many of the things I have learned throughout the training can be applied to life.

Surround yourself with others like you
Everyone that I spoke to about committing to the marathon said that I should join a running group.  I joined ShadowChase Running Club, who happen to be the organizer of the marathon.  This has become my PLC for running.  We share tips, advice, frustrations, and successes during our training.  This has been essential to my success so far.

A goal without a plan is just a dream
ShadowChase put out an excellent training schedule that started back in October.  I have made 90% of these trainings and it has kept me on track to be successful.  I have avoided injury and been able to do things that I never thought possible.

Use the correct tools
"Cotton is rotten."  Those words echo in my mind from that first day of training.  Getting socks, under-gear, and shirts that are moisture wicking have saved me from uncomfortable and painful runner's rash/chafing (do a Google image's bad).  The other item that has saved me has been band aides. Without them my nipples would be rubbed raw (again, a Google image search if you really need any convincing).

Current Progress
Since October, I have logged almost 275 miles running.  In the last month I have run 2 half marathons and a 16 mile run.  I am anxious for the upcoming 18, 20, and 22 mile runs.  However, back in October I was anxious for the 10, 12, and 13 mile runs that just occurred and I know I can do that now.  I also thought I would never say, "It's only 10 miles this week."