It’s nearing the end of October, and you just signed up for a spring marathon. Now what?
The Ottawa Marathon is 31 weeks away. That’s too early to start training, but it’s a great time to start building great habits that will serve you well come January.
Marathon training means running the schedule no matter what. Some days you’ll want to sit on the couch and watch TV, or sleep in an extra 30 minutes. If you want to be successful, you’ll need to get up and run that 6 or 8km training run or set your alarm for 5:30 A.M. to squeeze in a run before work.
Learn about yourself
Establishing those kinds of habits now will make the difference later. Set up an easy four or five runs per week schedule and stick to it. Work your running around your life and figure out how you can squeeze runs in when things get busy.
Learn what motivates you to get out and run, and also learn what leads to weakness in your willpower.
Come January and the start of the real training program, you’ll already be armed with a good work ethic and the experience you need to get out and get in your runs.