The fall Distance Training Program officially started this week. I am remiss in my absence, but I will be out of town for the first 3 weeks of training. (Don’t worry, Coach, I PROMISE to run at the beach.)
Earlier this week Coach T posted on Facebook that the first week of distance training is just as exciting as the week before the race. Why? The race is 19 weeks away, isn’t it?
I’ll tell you why. It’s because the day you show up for your first training run, you’ve mentally committed to running the marathon.
Did you ever go to six flags when you were a kid? Did you ever stare up at the biggest, scariest roller coaster in the park and say to yourself “well, it’s now or never”. Did you? You don’t make the decision to ride the roller coaster after waiting an hour in line. You don’t make it at the top of the ride. You make the decision when you are standing at the bottom and you take the first step and get in line. Once you take that first step, there’s no going back. The first step is always scarier than the last step, because by the time you get to the front of the line, you’ve committed.
I challenge you to make a commitment today. Register for a 5K, a 10K, or even a marathon. Just get out your credit card and tell yourself “I’m doing this”. Then do it.
Remember what Yogi Berra said? Half this sport is 50% mental. Get over the first mental hurdle and register for your fall races. Do it today.