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This podcast episode deals with a lot of racing firsts.
My sister Autum ran her very first marathon. Trevor completed his first half marathon (a long anticipated event). And this was my first time going 26.2 after having a baby 5 months ago.
You may be preparing for your first marathon or going into your one hundredth race. Each time your training is going to be unique and there will be some firsts to deal with.
I want to help you be prepared for your marathon experience. Here are some tips to remember going into your race.
Lessons from the Little Rock Marathon
Every runner has some obstacles to overcome. These may come in the form of health issues, time constraints, or injury. The triumph comes in overcoming these barriers. Autum talks about how she had to overcome a knee injury and inflammatory arthritis to train for her marathon. She also had to deal with a very cold winter and ran on some tough hills. These factors didn’t stop her, they made her a stronger person.
Don’t let last minute setbacks stop you. It is rare for training to go perfectly. The important thing is to deal with the setback, re-evaluate your strategy, and keep working toward your goal.
A week before the Little Rock Marathon both Trevor and I got sick. He missed his last long run and was in bed for three days. It wasn’t the ideal way to go into a marathon, but we adjusted, listened to our bodies, and still had a great race.
People have different motivations for running a marathon. You have to tap into your payoff factor and know what will motivate you. The rewarding thing about doing a marathon is conquering the distance, no matter what pace you run or walk.
It’s important not to compare yourself with others. If I compared myself to an elite athlete like Kara Goucher, I might be so discouraged I wouldn’t even run. I’ll never have that level of athletic ability and that’s okay. Going into this marathon I realized that my time wouldn’t be a PR (personal record).
My motivation for doing the race was simply to have the discipline of training back in my life, to enjoy my ability to run post-baby, and to have a great time. I finished this marathon in 5:08 and enjoyed every minute of it.
Also Mentioned in this Episode
Quick Tip . . . Smart Coach a place to get a free personalized training plan to help improve your race times. This tool is available at the Runner’s World website. Though Smart Coach is free, you have to be a registered member in order to access it. Once you are on their home page click on the “Tools” tab and then select on “Smart Coach”.
Pictures from the Little Rock Marathon
Meeting up with MTA fans at Starbucks.
From left to right: Paula, Tricia, Autum, Angie, Trevor, Julie, and Rod.
Autum, Angie, and Trevor posing for a picture with Bart Yasso of Runner’s World.
We interviewed Bart on podcast episode 19.
Trevor found a new mantra for the Little Rock Marathon. He was releasing krakens all over the course.
My sister and I showing off our HUGE medals from the Little Rock Marathon. I heard that next year (the 10th anniversary) the medals will be even bigger.
Thanks for reading this blog post. I hope to see you at a race some day. I have made it easy to leave a comment below. Tell me what you think of this episode.
Keep taking action toward your dreams!