Now that we are only 3 days out MVP Fitness Trainer, Matt Kaminski, is giving advice on continuing your running journey! After all, crossing the finish line is the sweetest victory!
Setting a goal to run any race from a 5K, (3.1 miles) all the way up to a marathon (26.2 miles) can be very difficult to visualize how to train, especially for those who are planning a race for the first time. The first step is to commit not only mentally, but also physically by signing up for the race so that you have made a mental and financial promise to yourself. This can help someone motivate themselves through the training process. Once mentally and physically committed, you’ll need to create a reasonable training program.
Building stamina and endurance is like building a house – you need to start by building your foundation, constructing your frame, putting the roof on, and finally fine tuning the house with the special touches that make a house a home.
When it comes to building your foundation you must find your individual bottom line. In other words, start with what you know you can do. This may be an honest conversation you have with yourself to truly admit where your ability is, and by no means does this mean that if you have no real experience running that you can’t run the race you desire. This is simply motivation for you to set out to do something you’ve never done before, even if it may intimidate you.
This is where you’ll need to do research. There are many “Couch to 5K programs” programs, some reliable and some not-so-much to get you on the road. You’ll need to find one that works for you and you may want consult a certified professional about the subject.
Your program is your framework and should be constructed around your parameters and skill levels, such as your beginning ability, previous injuries, amount of time to train, and other aspects. Once you have your plan set up, the next step is to start training. This is where it’s up to you and your support system to keep true to your training and stick to the program designed for you. Following your program correctly, and hopefully without injury, you will be on your way to reaching that goal.