I received a text message Sunday from my good friend Christine Vital, who had just finished the Marine Corps Marathon. She took the proper steps and did the work. Let's look at a few things she did along the way:
I received a text message Sunday from my good friend Christine Vital, who had just finished the Marine Corps Marathon and wanted to share her accomplishment with me. (Her time was 4:51:23 and she came in 4,261 of the 8,280 female runners in the race.)
It's been an honor to watch Christine blossom from a 10K runner to a half-marathoner to a marathoner. She took the proper steps and did the work. Let's look at a few things she did along the way:
Make a plan and stick to it. No doubt being in the age of "Googling" everything, Christine found www.coolrunning.com or www.halhigdon.com as useful tools in planning her assault on her great athletic performances. These Web sites lay out careful running regimens with specific instructions on how fast to pace each day, how to recover and what foods are best to eat before big runs.
Don't let anything get in your way. Now, I consider Christine to be a good friend, so I know that there is more to her life than running this race. She has a career, a family and a social life; these things all (somehow) start throwing curve balls quickly when you find out that a marathon is your new secret crush. Realizing that if you go to the top of a mountain you'll only find unreasonable people, Christine had one thing in mind this time: finishing what she started.
Join a club. There is strength in numbers. Each state has any number of running clubs meeting throughout the week and weekend, filled with athletes who can help you - veterans, as well as rookies who can share the battle with newbies. Having a team to rely on is great when you consider you'll be training for months to achieve the sweet pleasure of running 26.2 miles without stopping.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Christine carried out her plan to perfection and I once again tip my hat to one of Team X's toughest athletes. If you follow in her footsteps you'll cross your own finish line soon - give Trainer X a holler when you do. Have a great week, gang!
Darin St. George is a personal fitness coach at Gold's Gym in Natick, Mass. Visit his Web site at www.TrainerX.com.