I know them all too well – the red-faces, the heaving shoulders, the strained looks, the pained limps… the struggle to get up yet one more hill in downtown Atlanta on July 4th. If I had a dime for every Peachtree runner who didn’t actually train for this hot, hilly and humid event I would have about 54,000 dimes… a year… for many years to come. While the idea of paying off my student loans early is intriguing, I am no sadist.
Now is the time to set ourselves up for success. Right now, today, this minute, find a training plan to follow.
If you drive somewhere unfamiliar without directions, 90% of the time you’ll get lost. Training for a race is no different. You might coincidentally get there, but why not avoid the pain and hassle and just follow some solid directions?
Search for your own plan, or I highly recommend these:
As any product of the 1980s is aware, “knowing is half the battle.” Reading a plan is a start, but accountability is key. I have seen my fair share of good-intentioned yet untrained, struggling faces staggering down Peachtree Street. Atlanta medical personnel are fantastic, by why not avoid a face-to-face meeting this July 4th? Print your training plan and post it on your fridge or desk. List the daily workouts on your calendar or computer desktop (surely by now there’s an app for that). Make your workouts actual appointments in your day so you schedule time to complete them despite everything life throws your way.
If you make training a priority you will finish the race solidly and you might actually enjoy it! Make your grand entrance to Piedmont Park a good one in 2010.
How do you plan to make your training different this year?